Wilcox & Gibbs
The Wilcox & Gibbs first patented machine was around 1857, a small machine which produced a chain-stitch. This machine has the automatic tension. Earlier machines were made with a glass tensioner - rather rare. My machine has various patents:
J. E. A. Gibbs Patent - June 2, 1857, July 14, 1870, April 16, 1861
Wilcox & Carleton - May 31, 1862, March 22, 1864, Oct 8, 1961
Charles H. willcox Patents - October 8, 1861
Under Royal letters Patent - James Wilcox - July 4, 1971
The attachments are specifically made for the Wilcox & Gibbs machine as I will try to point out in the photos.
Below are the (top to bottom) Improved Tucker, two wrenches for inserting the needle, the Quilter, cloth guide and nut
(next row) - Linen or Flannet Hemmer, Wide Hemmer & Feller, Narrow Hemmer, and the various Hemmer Nuts
On the machine is the Ruffler. Notice how the hooks fit within a specific hole in the actual sewing machine. The quilter also has a specific hole in the cast iron machine to be placed.
Braiding and embroidery does not require a special attachment, but uses the presser foot. It is made in such a way as to allow the braiding to be "threaded" as necessary. That will be another day's post.