January 5, 2024

Part 20: Agricultural Medals

Agricultural medals were given out at country shows and expositions during the 1800s and even into the 20th century. They were usually made of silver or bronze, though some were gilt with gold or even gold.

Society of Agriculture and Horticulture
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JERSEY, Society of Agriculture and Horticulture, c. 1860,
a copper award medal by G. Glenny & W.J. Taylor,
bust of Queen Victoria left, rev. wreath, 57mm

English Jersey Cattle Society
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The reverse reads: "Second Prize / Butter Test Cows /
exceeding 900 lbs live weight/Awarded to Dr. H. Watney’s Cow/"Red Maple" /
R.A.S.Z. Show / Derby / June 28, 1906 / One Day’s Butter 2lbs 9 ½ ozs /84 days after calving".

Royal Jersey Agricultural Society
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Royal Jersey Agricultural Society Butter Test Prize
The reverse reads: " March / 1900 / BUTTER TEST / Cow Fancy 11th (5858) /
Yield 2lbs 11ozs / 27 days /in milk." Made by Maine Jersey

Jersey Poultry & Ornithological Society
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Jersey Poultry & Ornithological Society sterling silver prize medal.
Obverse attractive design of various pigeons etc; marked manufactured by
Fattorini, Bradford. Reverse unnamed blank center, Society title around edge,
hallmarked Birmingham 1904.

In 1881 John Fattorini of Manningham, Yorkshire near Bradford was a goldsmith
employing 12 men and 2 boys. At that time he had several sons who later joined him
to become Fattorini & Sons. Fattorini and Sons started off in Bradford before
moving to Birmingham. They are first listed in the Birmingham trade directories in 1917.
They produced a wide range of badges over the years and were acquired by their namesake
Thomas Fattorini in 1983. They also had offices in London and Glasgow, with the
Glasgow mark occasionally featuring on the badges.

The hallmarks are:
an anchor (from Birmingham),
a lion (92.5% pure silver),
and the letter e (the year 1904).
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