The plaque in the center of the top is engraved:
"The Hon'ble Sidney Roper Curzon."
I have not been able as yet to trace the Hon. Sydney Roper. However I
discover the following in Burk's Peerage:
"Teynham, Baron (George- Henry Roper-Curzon) of Teynham, Co.
Kent b.May 1798; as 16th Baron on the death of his brother 23
The original Surname was Musard. William Musard , assumed the surname
Roper at time of Henry III.
A tradition, preserved in the Roper family, records that Queen
Elizabeth I offered a ducalcornet to Margaret Roper; but the high minded
daughter of Sir Thomas More refused the proffered honour as being a
compromise for what she considered the judicial murder of her father.
Horace Walpole, in his correspondence, alludes to the subject: '
It wassss like proposing to Margaret Roper to become a duchess in the
court that cut off her father's head, and imagining it would please her.
I came across an interesting story about Lord Teynham, Henry Francis
Roper-Curzon, 14th Baron.
"Teynham was convicted in May 1833 of conspiracy to obtain money by false pretences.
"The following report appeared in the "Preston Chronicle" of 18 May 1833:-
"'This was an indictment for a conspiracy with an intent to obtain £1,400 from the prosecutor
(Didimus Langford) under the pretence of providing a place for him under Government."
For further information see the footnote to the above page.