Hornby Castle SilverTray by William Bennett 1808 London

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Hornby Castle SilverTray by William Bennett 1808 London
Sterling tray with the mark of William Bennett, silversmith in London dated 1808. This Tray bears the inscription “The Gift of John Marsden Esq^r Hornby Castle” surrounding the Marsden family crest. The inscription of John Marsden Esquire and the Hornby Castle gives this tray quite an interesting historical significance. The handling of the Marsden estate became a rather notorious legal battle which intrigued the public, as Marsden, a mentally challenged Lancashire gentleman with no heirs left his estate to servant George Wright in what were rather questionable circumstances. During his time overseeing the castle and looking after Marsden, Wright either humored or encouraged Marsden’s peculiar pass time of writing and subsequently burning wills. Marsden’s decision to leave the Hornby Castle to Wright was contested by the heir at law, as John had been easily led since childhood and did not have the capacity to make such decisions. Measurements: 25 ½” x 16 Weight: 7 lbs 1 oz

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