The 'Wilson' Veterinary Medicine Manufacturing Co. Ltd. Medallion, 1912

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ClassificationAwards
CategoryMedallion
Artifact'Wilson' Veterinary Medicine Medal
Date1912
ConnectionAwarded to Ch. Oaklands Sceptre
Blue Persian
CollectionThe Harrison Weir Collection
DescriptionRound bronze medallion, approximately 2.25" in diameter
Brief HistoryCommissioned by The 'Wilson' Veterinary Medicine Manufacturing Co. Ltd. for awarding at prestigious shows. Won at Birmingham in 1912 for 2nd Best LH.
AcquisitionFrom the estate of Miss Gladys Cheetham. Purchased in 2013 by John Smithson for The Harrison Weir Collection

The "Wilson" Veterinary Medicine Manufacturing Co. Ltd. Medallion. (c.1911)
Awarded at Birmingham, UK, in 1912

Courtesy of The Harrison Weir Collection.

In much the same way as clubs look for sponsorship today, the clubs of yesteryear also sought sponsorship, particularly for awards to pass to the winning exhibitors at shows. The majority of these came from the many Specialty Clubs themselves, but many precious cups and medallions were donated by individual cat fanciers, to promote their breed or colour of interest.

Added to this, were those donated from commercial Specialty Interests, such as this one, presented by The 'Wilson' Veterinary Medicine Manufacturing Company Ltd - Ashford, Middlesex (UK) - Canine and Feline experts.

In fact, Mr. & Mrs. Wilson attended many shows during the first 15 years of the 20th century, Mrs. Wilson donating miscellaneous rosettes and awards, and Mr. Wilson often in attendance as the officiating veterinarian.

In the photo below, published in the February 16, 1912 issue of Fur and Feather, we see Mr. J.H. Wilson, performing his duties as Honorary Veterinarian at the Newbury Show of that year. In the photo, he is inspecting an admirable Blue Persian that has arrived in a cleanly lined Wicker Cat Carrier. In attendance are admiring fanciers, including at far right, Miss Savory, the well-known breeder and fancier of Blue Persians.


Courtesy of The Harrison Weir Collection.


Advertisement from Our Cats, December 19, 1903.
Courtesy of The Harrison Weir Collection.

REFERENCES:

  1. 'The Wilson Veterinary Medicine Manufacturing Co Ltd' Medallion. (c.1911) from the Estate of Miss Gladys Cheetham.(Awarded at Birmingham in 1912)
  2. Press Photo, Fur and Feather 16th February, 1912


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