The real interest starts when you look inside the band - here is a very unusual mourning engraving, beautifully hand worked around the circumference. In grateful remembrance of Lt Col. L Horton of Chaderton Hall Ob.
15 AD 1816 Æt 49. It's very unusual to have reference to a person's military status, more unusual to have extra sentiments to either end of the dedication, and even more unusual still to have the dedication inside a ring on three lines. And the misspelling of Chadderton is a lovely reminder this piece was made before the widespread standardisation of spelling. But the great key to this piece is its history: I've found reference to our Lieutenant Colonel Horton from Oldham Historical Society: April 15th - Died at Bath, Somersetshire, William Horton, Esquire, son of the late Sir William Horton, and brother to the late Sir Watts, and brother to the present Sir Thomas Horton, baronets, all of Chadderton Hall.
He was collonol of 2nd Lancashire Militia. Chadderton Hall of course, being an important manor house and the seat of the Horton Baronetcy until 1821 with the death of Lieutenant Colonel Horton's brother, Sir Thomas.
Sadly now gone, it was pulled down in 1939 - but the grounds are now Chadderton Hall Park, a public recreation area, and the Horton name is remembered in the area in the Horton Arms, a historic pub nearby. It's in lovely original condition with the old addition of a gold downsizer to the back of the head. Weighing 5.4 grams and measuring 12 mm across the head, it's a size 9+, not resizeable. What's more, I offer layaway deals so there's no need to let any of my listings slip through your fingers - just ask! For security all items are stored in a bank's safe deposit box and sent fully insured for peace of mind.
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