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Naas Union Ag Society Silver Prize Medal Best Bull

Summary
ID Number: 5304
Category: Irish and World Art Medals
Grade: Good Extremely Fine
Weight: 43 mm.
Date: 1846 Silver
Pedigree: Ex Barton Family Collection
Price: $1150.
Additional Details
Co. Kildare, Naas Union Agricultural Society a silver award medal by I. Parkes, Farm animals standing outside a house, trees in right background, farm workers baling hay in left background, rev. named (To Hugh Barton Esq for best Bull Calved in 1843, Septr. 1846), 43mm (cf. Baldwin FPL 1995, 36; Spencer 1178).  Ex Barton Family Collection, Spink Auction 16, 9-10 July 1981, L.437p.  Good Extremely Fine w/blue and gold toning.  Early and Rare.

Hugh Barton (1766-1854), of Limerick, was a notable figure in the Bordeaux wine trade before the French Revolution, having in 1786 taken over the interests of his grandfather, Thomas Barton, who had first arrived in Bordeaux in 1725. In 1794 Barton was one of the foreign merchants arrested in Bordeaux. Confined to the Fort du Ha prison, he contrived to make his escape to Ireland with the help of his wife Anne, the naturalized daughter of a French subject of Scottish descent. With his partner, Daniel Guestier, he founded Barton & Guestier, one of the region’s best known merchants, in 1802. Fleeing to Ireland during the Napoleonic era and leaving Guestier in charge, Barton returned and purchased Château Pontet-Langlois in 1821, renaming it Château Langoa-Barton. He subsequently bought a third portion of the great Léoville estate, renaming that Château Léoville-Barton. The châteaus and vineyards have been in the hands of the family ever since. Hugh Barton had Straffan House in Co. Kildare built as the Barton family Irish seat between 1828 and 1831. 
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Obverse side
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Reverse side
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