Part 20: Agricultural Medals

Agricultural medals were given out at country shows and expos 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.

English Jersey Cattle Society

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 ˝ ozs /84 days after calving”.

Royal Jersey Agricultural Society

Royal Jersey Agricultural Society Butter Test Prize Medal awarded in March 1900 to the cow Cow Fancy 11th (5858) who Yielded 2lbs 11ozs over 27 days in milk. Made by Maine Jersey

Jersey Poultry & Ornithological Society

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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