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Bradbury's Paris Medal 1872
Bradbury's Lyons Medal 1872

Bradbury & Company gained a huge number of Prize Medals at the various Exhibitions and Shows that were held both in Great Britain and Internationally. These Exhibitions were extremely popular in Victorian times and the Company was justifiably proud of its Medals. Sadly though even these have been forgotten and the Medals lost. Below is a list of Exhibition Medals that we have managed to identify as having been gained by Bradbury and Co, it is incomplete and again we would ask if you come across any information to please contact us.

EXHIBITION MEDAL TABLE

YEAR EXHIBITION MACHINE AWARD COMMENTS
1865 OLDHAM For Collection of Sewing Machines SILVER Manchester & Liverpool Agricultural Society
Agricultural Show
30th August
1867 LIVERPOOL BELGRAVIA FIRST Royal Agricultural Show
15th July
1867 MANCHESTER BELGRAVIA
Valuable improvements in sewing machines
FIRST (SILVER) Manchester & Liverpool Agricultural Society
GREAT CENTENARY AGRICULTURAL SHOW
27th, 28th, 29th August
1868 SOUTHPORT
Stand 91
BELGRAVIA &
Collection of Sewing Machines
SILVER Manchester & Liverpool Agricultural Scociety
Agricultural Show
1st, 2nd, 3rd September
1868 MIDDLETON BELGRAVIA FIRST (SILVER) Agricultural Show
17th September
1868 MANCHESTER BELGRAVIA FIRST (SILVER) Horticultural Exhibition ?
May
1868 LIVERPOOL BELGRAVIA FIRST (SILVER) -
1868 ROCHDALE BELGRAVIA FIRST
Highest Money Prize
13th Annual Show
Whitworth & Rochdale Agricultural Society
19th August
1869 ACCRINGTON
Burnley Road
BELGRAVIA
exhibited by Wilkinson Brothers
FIRST Agricultural Show
1st April
1869 MIDDLETON BELGRAVIA SILVER 11th Annual Show
Middleton Agricultural Society
16th September
1870 MIDDLETON
The Glebe Ground
BELGRAVIA
Collection of sewing machines
SILVER Agricultural Show
21st & 22nd September
1871 WIRRAL (Claughton) BELGRAVIA &
Collection of sewing machines
SILVER Wirral Agricultural Society
30th August
1871 LIVERPOOL
Parliament Fields
BELGRAVIA
sewing & fret carving machine
MEDAL Agricultural Show
Manchester & Liverpool Agricultural Society
5th, 6th, 7th September
1872 LYONS BELGRAVIA GOLD
SILVER
EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE et
INTERNATIONALE
Public admitted 4th June (delayed from 1st May) Official opening 7th July
1872 PARIS BELGRAVIA FIRST (SILVER)
SECOND (BRONZE)
EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE de PARIS
These Medals are later refered to as
Gold & Silver
1873 VIENNA
The Prater
BELGRAVIA GRAND MEDAL WORLDS EXPOSITION
1st May - 2nd November
The Company gained three other Awards.
1873 NORTHAMPTON LETTER H FIRST LEATHERWORK EXHIBITION
17 July - 23rd August
1873 TODMORDEN
Roomfield
? FIRST & SECOND 4th Annual Show
Vale of Todmorden Agricultural Society
6th September
1874 LONDON
South Kensington
? GOLD INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION of all
FINE ARTS, INDUSTRIES & INVENTIONS
2nd April - 31 October
1874 ROCHDALE Collection of Sewing Machines GOLD MEDAL
& SILVER CUP
Rochdale Agricultural Society
19 August
1874 TODMORDEN
Roomfield Lane
Sewing Machine FIRST & SECOND 5th Annual Show
Vale of Todmorden Agricultural Society
5th September
1874 MANCHESTER
Stalybridge
Sewing Machines FIRST SILVER Annual Show of Stock & Implements
Manchester & Liverpool Agricultural and
Royal North Lancashire Agricultural Society
9th - 11th September
1874 MANCHESTER
Royal Pomona Gardens
Stand 112
BELGRAVIA &
Collection of Sewing Machines
GOLD & SILVER Manchester & Salford Great Fat Cattle Show
High Class Bazaar & Exhibition
20th - 24th November
1875 ROCHDALE ? FIRST Rochdale Agricultural Society
19th August
1875 OLDHAM ? FIRST -
1875 MIDDLETON ? FIRST -
1875 STOCKPORT ? FIRST -
1875 MANCHESTER
Royal Pomona Palace
? GOLD MECHANICAL &
INDUSTRIAL EXHIBITION
May
1875 PARIS
Palais de l'Industrie
Champs Elysees
? GOLD INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION
10th July to 15th November
1878 PARIS ? GOLD EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE de PARIS
1st May to 31st October
1879 PARIS ROTARY GOLD EXPOSITION des SCIENCES
APPLIQUE A ' LINDUSTRIE
1879 YORK Ingenuity of design,
Novelty of Construction,
General usefulness
FIRST
Grand Prize
&
Certificate
YORKSHIRE FINE ART &
INDUSTRIAL EXHIBITION
7th May - 8th November
Stand 70 Main Corridor
1879 Shrewbury Collection of Sewing Machines
Exhibited by Della Porta
First Class Honourable Mention Shropshire & West Midland Agricultural Society
July
1879 Oldham Collection of Sewing Machines SILVER 6th Annual Show
4th August
1880/81 MELBOURNE
Carlton Gardens
AUSTRALIA
ROTARY

A1 REPAIRER
GOLD

SILVER
EXHIBITION of INDUSTRY & ART
1st October 1880 to 20th April 1881
In total 8 awards were given to the Company
1881 JARROW ROTARY SILVER
&
Certificate of Merit
Durham County Agricultural Show
April
1881 ADELAIDE
AUSTRALIA
ROTARY GOLD INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION
21st July 1881
In addition 4 other medals awarded.
1881 PERTH
AUSTRALIA
ROTARY GOLD INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION
21st November to 31st December
1882 Sunderland,
Skating Rink,
Hudson Road
ROTARY Silver SUNDERLAND INDUSTRIAL, DOMESTIC, SCIENTIFIC & SANITARY EXHIBITION
18 February - 4 March
1882 Jarrow ROTARY Certificate of Merit &
Silver
April 1882
1882 Peterborough ROTARY First Prize &
Bronze
April 1882
1882 Darlington ROTARY
exhibited by
J. A. Chapman & Co
Silver Darlington Exhibition,Industrial Department
MAY - June 1882
1882 Wirral Silver Agricultural Show
June 1882
1882 Bedford Silver Bedford Leigh Agricultural Show
August 1882
1882 LOCAL EXHIBITIONS ROTARY FIRST Awarded 10 First Prizes at Local Exhibitions
1883 LONDON
Horticultural Galleries, South Kensington
ROTARY GOLD INTERNATIONAL FISHERIES EXHIBITION
12th May to 31 October
1883 HUDDERSFIELD ROTARY GOLD TECHNICAL SCHOOL &
MECHANICS INSTITUTE EXHIBITION
December
1884 HUDDERSFIELD Sewing Machines GOLD HUDDERSFIELD FINE ART & INDUSTRIAL EXHIBITION
January
1884 ORMSKIRK ? HIGHEST AWARD
(SILVER)
AGRICULTURAL SHOW
30th July
1885 LONDON
Albert Hall Galleries
South Kensington
ROTARY GOLD INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION of
INVENTIONS
1st May 1885 to 15 August 1885
(Medal awarded on 12th Aug)
1886 LIVERPOOL
Waventree Park
ROTARY HIGHEST AWARD INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION
of Navigation, Travelling, Commerce and Manufacture
11th May - 8th November
1887/88 DUNDEE
Drill Halls
Parker Square
Sewing Machines First Class Certifuicate DUNDEE INDUSTRIAL EXHIBITION
(Exhibition of Industry)
13th December- 4th February
1890 EDINBURGH
Mercheston
? GOLD INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION
of Industry, Science & Art
1st May to 1st November
1896
LIVERPOOL

? HIGHEST AWARD
1901 BIRMINGHAM
Bingley Hall
? GOLD BIRMINGHAM INDUSTRIAL POLYTECHNIC
EXHIBITION
26th August to 2nd November

NOTES

1873 13 First Prizes
1883 Special Certificate of Merit awarded by the Sanitary Institute of Great Britain (Glasgow Meeting)
1888 Feb 1st the Company had been awarded 12 Prize Medals and 6 Certificates of Merit for the Rotary.
1888 - April 1890 12 Gold Medals since 1879
1890 Dec - 1893 13 Gold Medals since 1879
1893 March Over 200 First Prizes awarded to the Company.
1901 May 13 Golds for sewing machines
1903 to at least June 1904 in total the Company had been awarded 200 First prizes including 14 Gold for its Sewing Machines.
1905 March more than 200 prizes including 17 Gold had been awarded.
1908 January more than 200 prizes including 17 Gold had been awarded.
1910 More than 300 first prizes had been awarded.


In addition to receiving Medals for its Sewing Machines the Company was also awarded Medals for its Motor Cycles.
By 1906 it had been awarded 5 Gold Medals and by 1909 this tally had increased to 18.
Bradbury's Lyons Medal 1872

Bradbury and Co. Chronological History

Bradbury Introduction

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