During the second half of the 19th century Charles Frodsham and Charles Frodsham & Co. were presented with fourteen honours and awards at the majority of the world’s exhibitions and fairs.
The exhibitions proved a wonderful platform to launch new horological ideas, both theoretical and practical.
They also gave a chance to see and discuss the latest achievements and advancements of competitors from home and abroad. In addition to exhibiting, Charles was held in such high esteem, that he often served as a juror, awarding other clock, watch and chronometer makers with prizes for their exhibits.
The Great Exhibition, London, 1851
Charles was awarded a first-class medal for his exhibits at the Crystal Palace. These included marine chronometers and his new calibre pocket chronometers, a day-of-the-month watch, a split centre seconds-hand watch, and a double rotary duplex escapement designed by James Ferguson Cole.
The Emperor of Russia, gold medal, 1860 Dublin, 1865 Special Loan Exhibition, South Kensington, 1876 Paris International Exhibition, 1878 International Inventions Exhibition, London, 1885
The Great International Exhibition, South Kensington, 1862
Charles was awarded a medal of honour for his services as a juror at the exhibition. In addition he exhibited pocket chronometers, chronometer repeaters, stop split-seconds and other timing and stop watches, his new calibre lever watches, a month going marine chronometer, new Duo in Uno balance springs, a turret clock, and three new balances derived from the balance he had shown in 1851.
Received ‘For services rendered to the Great Russian Survey’.
Awarded juror’s medal at the Dublin Exhibition.
Paris, Grand International Exhibition, 1867, 2 medals
Charles was awarded the Grand Medal of Honour as the English juror. He was also Vice-President of the exhibition and showed ideas for his micrometric balance, a dead-beat escapement and his galvanic compensation pendulum with the mercury held in hermetically sealed glass tubes. The galvanic apparatus was used for recording the time of observations.
Charles Frodsham & Co. was awarded a first class gold medal
at the Naples exhibition.
The firm was awarded a medal and a diploma
at the Philadelphia exhibition.
The firm exhibited a marine chronometer fitted with a galvanic interrupter and a regulator with an improved gravity escapement.
Harrison Mill received a juror’s medal at the exhibition.
Frodshams were awarded a silver medal at the Sydney exhibition.
The firm was awarded a silver medal for improvements in non-magnetisable watch balances.
The Emperor of Russia, gold medal, 1860
Special Loan Exhibition, South Kensington, 1876
Paris International Exhibition, 1878
International Inventions Exhibition, London, 1885