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Produced at both Rhodes Bank and the Wellington Works these machines were awarded the only Prize Medal for general excellence at the Northampton Leather Work Exhibition in 1873.

Letter H machines produced in 1863 had a plain pedal, later the pedal was cast with B & C O and post 5th May 1874 Bradbury & Co Limited Oldham. The Duke of Wellington Trade Mark only appeared on machines made after 24th June 1874. Initially this was in the form of a brass boss inset into the bed of the machine but later a decal on the pillar was used.

Howe Principle
Letter H No. 2 c1880

The machines were converted with a patent top feed, a step feed for cloth was available on model No's 1, 2 & 3 or a wheel feed for leather available on model No's 2 & 3.
By September 1878 Letter H machines were fitted with a stitch indicator and self-threading shuttle.

A new patent automatic shuttle reel winder was fitted to all machines by December 1879. This was mounted on the bed of the machine in front of the pillar instead of under the table.
The Letter H machines were available with either round (see illustrations above) or flat (leaf) tension (see illustration below).

Letter H Bobbin Winder
Letter H No 3

In 1871 the prices were:
No. 1 A for Family use 6 10s, No. 2 B for Cloth/Leather 7 0s, No. 3 C for Leather 8.
By January 1884:
the No. 1 A and No. 2 B had both increased to 7 10s while the No. 3 C had remained at 8.

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INDEX of BRADBURY SEWING MACHINES
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LANCASHIRE LETTER 'H'
HOWE PRINCIPLE
ARM SHUTTLE
LETTER 'T'
A1 REPAIRING No. 2 ELASTIC BELGRAVIA
PRACTICAL
TAILOR
PRACTICAL
HATTER
CHAIN STITCH
MACHINE
WELLINGTON LETTER 'S'
FAMILY No. 1
LETTER 'S'
MEDIUM No. 2
HIGH ARM
FAMILY
NEW WILSON ROTARY
No. 1
ROTARY
No. 2/B2
ROTARY
No. 3
ROTARY
No. 4/B4
No. 5 No. 6
SPOOL MACHINE
No. 9 No. 10 No. 45 TWIN NEEDLE
DOUBLE SHUTTLE
CYLINDER GOLOSH
MACHINE
OSCILLATOR SOEZE MEDIUM V.S. FAMILY V.S. OTHER
BRADBURY MODELS

Bradbury and Co. Chronological History

Bradbury Introduction

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