In the 1850s, the Royal Scottish
Society of Arts awarded Prizes. The Society proposed that there
"prizes of different
value (not to exceed thirty sovereigns in Gold or Silver Medals, or Money)
for approved Communications primarily submitted to the Society relative to
Inventions, Discoveries and Improvements in Mechanical Arts and Chemical
Arts in General."
In 1851, thee were three categories
of work considered for prizes:
1. Mechanical Arts
2. Chemical Arts
3. The Mechanical Branch
of Fine Arts
(including Daguerreotype, Tablotype of other Photographic Processes).