Cheshire, Walgherton Female Friendly Dividend Society Instituted 1833, John Twemlow of Hatherton Patron, oval bronze medal, scarce
Obv: arms of the Twemlow family of Cheshire, JOHN TWEMLOW ESQ. OF HATHERTON around
Rev: WALGHERTON FEMALE FRIENDLY DIVIDEND SOCIETY around, INSTITUTED JULY 23RD 1833 in field
Condition: almost extremely fine, pierced at 12 o’clock; Diameter: 35x44mm
References: DW 195/747 (listed as Very Rare [RR]; Withers 2159
Notes: The Twemlow family were an established Cheshire family from the Nantwich area, who took an interest in the wellbeing of the less fortunate. John Twemlow (born 1796) was a surgeon. Friendly Societies were the principal method through which the poorer classes in society at this time could insure against sickness and funerary expenses. It is rare to find one specifically for women.