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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 themselves probably melted down for scrap. Below is a list of major Awards 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
1867 MANCHESTER BELGRAVIA FIRST (SILVER) GREAT CENTENARY SHOW
Held 27th, 28th, 29th August
1867 LIVERPOOL BELGRAVIA FIRST -
1868 SOUTHPORT BELGRAVIA SILVER -
1868 MIDDLETON BELGRAVIA FIRST (SILVER) -
1868 MANCHESTER BELGRAVIA FIRST -
1868 LIVERPOOL BELGRAVIA FIRST -
1868 ROCHDALE BELGRAVIA FIRST -
1869 ACCRINGTON BELGRAVIA FIRST -
1869 MIDDLETON BELGRAVIA SILVER -
1870 MIDDLETON BELGRAVIA SILVER -
1872 LYONS BELGRAVIA GOLD
SILVER
EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE et
INTERNATIONALE
1st May
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
The Company gained three other Awards.
1873 NORTHAMPTON LETTER H FIRST LEATHERWORK EXHIBITION
1873 TODMORDEN ? FIRST & SECOND 6th September
1874 MANCHESTER ? GOLD -
1874 LONDON ? GOLD INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION of all
FINE ARTS, INDUSTRIES & INVENTIONS
May
1875 ROCHDALE ? FIRST -
1875 OLDHAM ? FIRST -
1875 MIDDLETON ? FIRST -
1875 STOCKPORT ? FIRST -
1875 PARIS
Palais de l'Industrie Champs Elysees
? GOLD INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION
10th July to 15th November
1875 MANCHESTER
at the Royal Pomona Palace
? GOLD MECHANICAL &
INDUSTRIAL EXHIBITION
May
1878 PARIS ? GOLD EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE de PARIS
1st May to November
1879 PARIS ROTARY GOLD EXPOSITION des SCIENCES
APPLIQUE A ' LINDUSTRIE
1879 YORK ? FIRST FINE ARTS &
INDUSTRIAL EXHIBITION
November
1880/81 MELBOURNE
AUSTRALIA
ROTARY

A1 REPAIRER
GOLD

SILVER
INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION
1st October 1880 to 20th April 1881
In total 8 awards were given to the Company
1881 ADELAIDE
AUSTRALIA
ROTARY GOLD INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION
31st July 1881
In addition 4 other medals awarded.
1881 PERTH
AUSTRALIA
ROTARY GOLD INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION
21st November to 31st December
1882 LOCAL EXHIBITIONS ROTARY FIRST Awarded 10 First Prizes at Local Exhibitions
1883 HUDDERSFIELD ROTARY GOLD TECHNICAL SCHOOL &
MECHANICS INSTITUTE EXHIBITION
December
1884 ORMSKIRK ? HIGHEST AWARD
(SILVER)
AGRICULTURAL SHOW
30th July
1885 LONDON
Albert Hall Galleries
South Kensington
ROTARY GOLD INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION of
INVENTIONS
November 1884 to August 1885
1886 LIVERPOOL
Waventree Park
ROTARY HIGHEST AWARD INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION
of Navigation, Travelling, Commerce and Manufacture
11th May - 8th November
1890 EDINBURGH ? GOLD INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION
of Industry, Science & Art
1st May to 31st October
1901 BIRMINGHAM
Bingley Hall
? GOLD BIRMINGHAM INDUSTRIAL POLYTECHNIC
EXHIBITION
26th August to 2nd November

NOTES

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.
1890 12 Gold Medals since 1879
1893 Over 200 First Prizes awarded to the Company.
1903. 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 Motorcycles.
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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