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Bradbury's Family V.S.

An early Family V.S. with attractive flower decals and the Company's Trade Mark on the bed of the machine.
This version of the Bradbury Family V.S. was a development of the Bradbury Soeze but the needle head was redesigned with the tension discs mounted on its side and an additional inspection plate.

This machine was probably made in 1906 and is both cosmetically and mechanically different from the later Family V.S. machine examples of which are shown below. Consequently the manuals for each version are significantly different.

This machine was kindly donated to our collection by Andre Ravary.

Threading & Oiling of Family V.S. c1906
(early version)

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Bradbury's Family V.S.

An early Mark 2 version of the Bradbury Family (Vibrating Shuttle) machine, probably made around 1907. This model Family V.S. was not just cosmetically different from the earlier version but was mechanically different being developed from the Company's Medium V.S. machine.

It has the very attractive flower decals with the picture of the Duke of Wellington on the shoulder below the stitch length lever.

There is no accessory compartment in the base and the machine has a Coffin case with a metal handle at either end. The Family V.S was also produced as a treadle with various types of cabinet work including a drop head parlour cabinet (See Below).

Threading & Oiling of Family V.S. Machine c1907 onwards Revised Model

 Coffin Case
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Bradbury's Family V.S.

A later Mark 2 version of the Bradbury Family (Vibrating Shuttle) machine, probably made around 1911. It doesn't carry the company's name or Trade Mark, instead on the arm it has "Made Specially for Sanson Speed & Co. Wareham". This was an Ironmongers which operated for many years from premises on South Street in this Dorsetshire town however by 1915 the firm had become Sansom & Co.

An accessory compartment is provided in the base and the machine has a Coffin case with a metal handle at either end.

 Bradbury's Family V.S.

Bradbury's Family V.S.

An example of the Bradbury Family machine in a drop head cabinet, probably made around 1913. The Green & Orange 'Celtic Knot' decals are worn through much use, the arm was particularly affected as it was used to lift the machine out of its recess as there was no automatic lift mechanism.

The beautiful four drawer Walnut cabinet is in excellent condition, note the four small brass drawer knobs.

 Drophead Cabinet closed
 Drophead Cabinet open
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Bradbury's Family V.S.

A later V.S. model with the accessory compartment in the base and a bentwood case. This was our very first Bradbury and was the catalyst for our research into the Company.

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Bradbury's Family V.S.

Another example of the Family V.S., though in better condition. The bentwood case has a metal handle at either end. The Family V.S was also produced as a treadle with various types of cabinet work including a drop head parlour cabinet (See Above).

 Bentwood Case
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Bradbury's Family V.S.

Although this machine doesn't carry the Duke of Wellington Trade Mark it is without doubt a Bradbury Family V.S.
The centre decal shows it was retailed by E. Hancock, 15 Curzon Street, Derby who chose the name "Victoria" for this machine. Dating to 1922 it is possible this was to commemorate Queen Victoria who died 21 years earlier, or given the turmoil of the First World War perhaps it was a play on the word Victory.

By this date the head casting had been changed to provide a raised platform for the second spool pin.
The machine has a bentwood case.

Further research has confirmed that Elijah Hancock sold domestic appliances from 15 Curzon Street c1912 - c1922. Prior to that in 1899 he is listed as a Perambulator Dealer trading from 127 Normanton Road, Derby and in 1895 as a Grocer with premises at 122 Boyer Street, Derby. He does not appear in the 1891 trade directory.
If anyone has any further information relating to Elijah Hancock we'd be interested to hear from them.

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Bradbury's Family V.S.

Although not in perfect condition this is a very special Bradbury as we know it was completed at the Wellington Works on 20th October 1922. It has all the usual features of the late model Family machine. It came complete with manual, inspection card and box of attachments.

Before any Bradbury sewing machine left the factory its adjustment was carefully checked and the worker responsible initialled and dated a card. This was sent with the machine to the selling Agent but before delivery to the customer the Agent checked the machine again. If the machine was satisfactory the card was removed and disposed of, if there were any faults the card was returned to the factory. Either way this card should not have survived! Interestingly the initials on this card - W.G. are the same as those on a Company receipt dating to March 1918.

 Inspection Card
Bradbury  Manual 1922

The machine has its original manual which has finally confirmed our long held belief that the Bradbury Company changed its telephone number to 1608. The manual also had a supplementary insert providing guidance on how to use redesigned attachments.

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Bradbury's Family V.S. Serial No. unknown.

An unusual Bradbury V.S. which has at some point been refurbished, sadly the Serial Number has been ground off, replacement decals added and the base and cover have been replaced with none original items. Although it still bears the company's Duke of Wellington Trade Mark it is unlikely that this work was carried out at the Bradbury factory.

INDEX of BRADBURY PHOTOGRAPHS
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WELLINGTON A1 REPAIRING LETTER 'S'
FAMILY No. 1
LETTER 'S'
MEDIUM No. 2
HIGH ARM
FAMILY
JONES C.S.
BADGED
BRADBURY
ROTARY SHUTTLE
No. 2/B2
SOEZE MEDIUM V.S. FAMILY V.S. SPOOL
MACHINE

Bradbury and Co. Chronological History

Bradbury Introduction

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