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Bradbury's Family V.S. Serial No 356461.
A number of Jones Family and Medium C.S. types with tear drop decals have come to light which are labelled as Bradbury's V.S. machines although the Duke of Wellington Trade Mark is missing. The store name "Glodwell" appears on several machines.
The Medium machines appear to all be in Jones Parlour cabinets however the Family machines appear not only in Jones bases but also in genuine Bradbury bases and cases. It is possible these are "mocked up" machines. However given that a Jones C.S. head will not drop straight into a Bradbury Family V.S. base and considerable alteration to the base would be required to make it fit, it is just possible these machines could be true Bradbury's.
This machine came with a generic Jones Manual with a date of April 1924 which would put its date of manufacture into the Bradbury liquidation period - the assets of the Company were auctioned off in July 1924.
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Left: On the lengthened accessory compartment cover there is a plaque "Robertson's Davygate York" presumably the firm was a Sewing Machine Agent but were they a Bradbury Agent?
Right: The Bradbury Logo is prominently displayed on the arm but there is no evidence of Bradbury's Duke of Wellington Trade Mark anywhere on the machine.
Left: The case and base are without doubt of Bradbury origin and the fittings except perhaps the lock keep are Bradbury items, the case even locks with a triangular key.
Right: The base has been cut out to accommodate the longer bed of the Jones C.S. the hole for the original Bradbuy peg & socket hinge has been plugged which can just be seen to the right of the hinge. What is particularly interesting is that the veneer has been added to the base AFTER the modifications to the base have been made.
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