William Bradley

BRADLEY & HUBBARD
MERIDEN, CN
1852 - 1940


Walter Hubbard
The partnership of Nathaniel & William L. Bradley,
Walter Hubbard, and Orson & Chitten Hatch
began as Bradley, Hatch & Company.
Clocks were the sole product of the newly formed company.
The Hatch brothers sold their interests two years later and
Nathaniel Bradley, William Bradley and Walter Hubbard reformed the company
which they named simply "Bradley and Hubbard".
Clocks continued to be the main line of production throughout the 1850's and 1860's.
A lot of their clocks had "Blinking Eyes". (eyes moved up & down as clock ticks)

TOPSY
Blinking Eye Clock

JOHN BULL
Blinking Eye Clock

Bradley & Hubbard are best known for their Lamps.
The discovery of oil in Pennsylvania in 1859 also had a great impact on their product line.
They begin production of kerosene burning lamps.
By 1871, kerosene virtually replaced whale oil for heating and illumination.
New ways of burning kerosene more efficiently were needed.
Between 1868 and 1875, Bradley and Hubbard secured
33 patents relating to the design of oil burning lamps
In all, the company would eventually patent a total of 238 designs.
By the 1890's, the B&H name was synonymous with high quality & artistic excellence.

B & H Lamp
Satin Hobnail
Value = $4,000
ASH TRAY


Doorstops, Bookends and other metal novelities were introduced in the early 1900's.
B&H Doorstops became known as theTiffany of Doorstops and
their pieces command top prices in today's market.

The Bradley and Hubbard Manufacturing Company survived the Great Depression,
but after 88 years in business, it was sold in 1940 to the Charles Parker Company.
Charles Parker Company was also of Meriden. CN
Famous for its Parker sporting shotgun, the company also made household items
such as coffee mills, waffle irons, lamps, locks, and door knockers.

Bradley & Hubbard products were marketed several different ways:
1.
B&H sold directly
from their Catalog


ITEMS
from B&H's
1936 Catalog
(on Right)

Stamp and Pen Boxes
Writing Sets
Desk Pad
Desk Sets
Safety Match HoldersInkstands
Flagon
High Ball SetDoor Stops
Pen Trays
Calendars
Candle Pillars
Candlesticks
Center Pieces
Letter Clip< BR>Blotters
Note Pad
Tobacco Jars
Vases
Sewing Bird
Pencil Holders
Table Suites
Fountain Pen Holders
(Hand) Book Consoles
Smoking Stands
Tantalus Sets
Ornamental Figures
Figures
Lighters
Ash Trays
Cigar Jars
Cigarette Boxes
Cigarette Jars
Smokers' Service
Pipe Holders
Desk Lamps
Combination Sets
Decanters Holder
Paper Cutters
Serverette
Serving Tray
2.
Showrooms
Sold in B&H's own showrooms
in New York, Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia
3.
Salesmen
Sold by traveling salesmen
throughout the country
4.
Retail Stores
Sold by the large retail firms
Marshall Field, Sears & Roebuck and Montgomery Ward
5.
Pre-Production
Samples
B & H would fabricated about
20 pre-production samples
These samples would be sent to dealers
Each Sample was marked with a red painted number
The dealers would then sent in orders
If B&H got enough orders, they would produce that doorstop
"the Pre-Production Samples are highly collectible "
(Example : Duck Decoy, shown at this website)


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Bradley & Hubbard have easily Recognized Features:
1. Two protrusions on backside
with rubber bumpers
2. Their Logo on the Back
3. The Green Pebble Back

Note 1:
Several Large Doorstops had a single large cavity in the Backside
with the Letters: B H and one of the 4 Digit-Numbers 7795 thur 7800
Note 2:
Their Statues -- the bottom has their Sticker & Green Felt


Bradley's & Hubbard Most Notable Doorstops :
    WARRIOR # 7795
    LADY WITH a PARASOL # 7796
    OWL, Large # 7797
    GIRL HOLDING DRESS # 7798
    ELEPHANT # 7799
    RABBIT # 7800
    ROOSTER
    SQUIRREL
    WHISTLING JIM
    EMPIRE STATE BUILDING
    EDGAR ALLEN POE's HOUSE
    WASHINGTON's COACH
    BOSTON TERRIER
    TALL FLOWER VASE
    3 KITTENS on a BOOK
    OWL, Small
    DACHSHUND