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British Invasion!

Made in the UK - Our favourite British-Made Brands at Bradshaws!

Did you know that we carry a variety of prestigious British companies and products at Bradshaws? Learn more about these historical and industry leading brands!

This year Dualit is 'toasting' 70 years of innovation! Their first patented product was a flip-side toaster built in 1946 by inventor and founder Max Gort-Barten. Dualit,  originally named Dualit Works, remains an independently owned, family operated British business. The iconic Dualit toaster is one that garners much attention and discussion here at Bradshaws. Yes, the Dualit toaster might be the priciest toaster you have seen but let us tell you why...

Dualit Toasters - Over 70 Years of British Innovation

Dualit toasters have been hand built in the UK since the 1950's, and you can find the assembler's name on the base plate! They are made from cast aluminum and stainless steel bodies and with fully replaceable or repairable parts. Dualit's patented Proheat element has a protective armour coating making it virtually unbreakable. Each toaster is put through 10 – 11 000 running cycles, and quality checked 3 times before it leaves the factory as part of Dualit's meticulous quality control. These toasters have been taken on nuclear submarines and in the air, have traveled around the world with single owners and last for generations! Dalit toasters are fit for a Queen, literally! Dualit toasters equip the Queen's Royal Kitchen!

Watch Paul assemble a Classic Dualit Toaster in this beautiful video here!

In celebration of 70 years, Dualit is holding a really fun contest! If you think you might have the oldest working Dualit toaster in the world, enter to win an amazing Dualit Kitchen gift set! Find out all the details here.

We are in love with this 1950's style portable radio from Roberts Radio. With advanced FM/DAB features, retro styling and many modern features, Roberts Radio makes an incredible gift for the Anglophile...

Roberts Radios at Bradshaws

The prestigious Roberts Radio company was founded in 1932 and quickly established itself as a leader in high-quality portable radios. In 1955 Roberts Radio was appointed as radio manufacturer to the Queen Elizabeth II and today holds two Royal Warrants, from her Majesty the Queen and the Prince of Wales. Designed and engineered in Great Britain, the nostalgic Roberts Revival is constructed with a wooden cabinet, leather covering and gold plated fittings. It will have you rocking to the golden oldies in no time, like the Queen!

Royal Doulton Little London by Charlene Mullen

Royal Doulton, established in 1815, celebrates 200 years of quality craftsmanship and innovation this year! This world famous company began as a small pottery on the banks of the Avon River that specialized in utilitarian wares. Shortly after, they revolutionized the ceramics industry by creating sanitary stoneware pipes for plumbing. To this day, many of the glazed stoneware pipes that lie beneath the streets of London and in major cities worldwide were manufactured at Doulton’s Lambeth factory in the early nineteenth century. Queen Victoria knighted Henry Doulton in 1887 for his services to ceramics and the advancement of ceramic art. In 1901, Doulton & Co received its first Royal Warrant and the right to use 'Royal' in the name by King Edward VII. To celebrate their 200th anniversary, this year Royal Doultan has collaborated with several artists and world-class designers to create some incredible limited edition items, like “Little London” by Charlene Mullen.

Charlene Mullen is a London based homewares designer specialising in textiles and embroidery. “Little London” recreates Charlene's favourite London landmarks and icons cast in porcelain and decorated with illustrations in her signature hand-drawn style. Bold black and white decoration features across all of the buildings with Charlene's favourite dash of red on the world famous London Routemaster bus. Little London is fun, beautiful and practical; use it for storage and serving!

Halcyon Days at Bradshaws

Halcyon Days is relatively new to Bradshaws but was established over 50 years ago as an emporium of antiques just west of London in Mayfair. Today, Halcyon Days is one of the few remaining companies in the world to nurture the art of enameling, a technique which dates back to the 18th century in England. Halcyon Days hand painted, enameled objets d'art are world renowned for their beauty and quality. Since 1950, Halcyon Days has received three Royal Warrants to the British Royal households as supplier of Objets d' Art. We are very proud to be a Canadian retailer of this prestigious collection of exquisite enameled giftware and jewelry.

To celebrate the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's second child, a limited edition Princess Charlotte mug and enamel box have been released. Hurry - there are only two more of these very special collector mugs left in stock! Halcyon Days has an exquisite collection of enamels commemorating all the members of the Royal Family.