Well I did it. Bought a vintage machine. It is a Wheeler & Wilson No. 9, circa 1879. It looks better in the picture, but I am hopeful that a little TLC will help. The owner just really wanted to get it out of her way, so she even dropped the price while I was looking at it. It belonged to her great grandmother, "Bama". I think I will name her "Belle", because they live in Belle Fountaine Beach.
The mechanism does turn, needs a good cleaning, belt and I forgot to see if there was a bobbin in it. It does have some of the attachments, I will just have to inventory the drawers to see what is there. Hopefully my son will be home this weekend to help me get it out of the car.
I found a copy of the instruction manual on line, and the operation looks pretty straightforward. I also saw that parts were available on ebay. Oh boy! A new project for me! Just what I needed. :)