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Letter 'S' Medium

Bradbury 'S' No. 2

This machine probably dates to 1883. It was Bradbury's equivalent of the Singer 13 but featured various patented improvements including a larger 'self-threading' shuttle.
It is in superb condition with only slight wear to the front edge of the bed. It has Bradbury & Co 'S' No. 2 on top of the arm and the Rose & Geranium decal is stunning.

Centre Decal
Stand & Lid

The treadle stand features a large 'B' in the centre, the pitman is attached directly to the fly wheel, on later machines a cranked shaft was introduced and the tread plate was changed. Instead of a drawer there is an accessory box with hinged lid mounted on the table top to the right of the machine.

Early Tread Plate

Threading & Oiling of the Bradbury 'S' No. 2 (Medium) Machine

Letter 'S' Medium

Bradbury 'S' No. 2

A later version of the above machine which has different decals and which would date to the late 1880's.
Interestingly we have some family history for this machine. It originally belonged to Bessie Rooke who was a seamstress in London and who probably bought the machine new, it then passed to her daughter Dorcas Crang and finally to her son Chris Wood and wife Val who kindly donated it to our collection.

Rose Decal
Stand & Lid

Although the cabinet work is the same as the earlier machine note the extension flap to the left hand side. The pitman is attached to the fly wheel (which has been weighted) by a cranked shaft and the tread plate has been revised (see earlier example above).

Late Tread Plate

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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