CANADIAN CLAY TARGET ? BRANDON

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  1. History Seeker

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    Hi Guys and Gals,

    I have a vintage clay pigeon in my collection that I picked up on a mountain side below a 1 house trap field some 40 years ago in upstate NY.

    It is a solid orange target with BRANDON in the center and Target on top of that, and MADE IN CANADA below.

    Sorry for the bad picture but you get the idea.

    Is there anyone out there who can give me information about where this was made, by what company, and an approximate age?

    In researching I found Brandon, Manitoba and the fact they had early clay brick factories but nothing about making Clay Pigeons.

    Anyone from Canada perhaps know of this company ?

    Thanks for any help !

    Center row, 5th from the left


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    Interesting find and nice collection! I come from the Brandon Manitoba area.my quick research indicates that brick, tile,pottery, and terra cotta were supposedly manufactured at the Brandon Brick Co.. It is quite possible that they made targets as well!! The company has been gone for 75+ years.
    There has also been national shoots at Brandon over the years. Could it be possible that there were some pressed with Brandon on them for a major event!
    If you have had it for 40 + years !wonder how old it is?
     
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    Jim,

    I got in contact with Rob Lamont at the Brandon Gun Club and he gave me some possible hints to research. One was Rick Lawry from Lawry targets.

    Rick remembered a time when there was a target manufacturer in Brandon many years ago, and they were only in operation for a year or two.

    I also saw the same as you have told me about the brick and pottery manufactures.

    I have put out a note to the Manitoba Historical Society in hopes they may have something about the company that produced this target.

    Who knows, it may be so rare, I can continue my retirement...LOL

    Thanks, Dave

    Better pics below:

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    That's cool.
     
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    I have had a few ideas thrown my way on who the manufacturer could have been. I suppose it is just possible another manufacturer could have pressed BRANDON into the top.

    Nobody from any of the history museums in and around Brandon, Manitoba has come back with any information.

    The mystery goes on, but Jim Carter has given me an idea to begin comparing the top of this target to others I have to see IF any would match my BRANDON. Then I could possibly narrow it down IF indeed there was a manufacturer who pressed the name in for a special event.

    I'll let you know IF I come up with something.

    I wish I were still in upstate NY now because I would be looking over that mountain side for more.

    Thanks guys, D
     
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    I have spend the past month and a half researching and comparing different targets to see if any would match up to the Brandon on the chance that some other manufacturer possibly made these for a special Brandon shoot. Nothing has come up.

    Have had no response from the museums in and around Brandon so my guess is they have no information either.

    The mystery continues.

    Thanks for the help guys !

    D
     
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    I have been comparing different targets to the "Brandon", and have yet to come up with any one of them that looks like the Brandon at all. I have a limited collection, and have also explored a lot of pictures of targets but have come up dry so far.

    Interesting search for sure.
     

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