|The North London Carrying Company started manufacturing mascots around the early 1920s, or possibly even earlier reference to the companies activities can be found in a 1928 issue of the Autocar magazine, the address for the company at that time was given as Carton House Regent Street S.W. 1. The company name was fist initiated in Golders Green London where Horace Wilton lived with his wife Mabel Louise and their only child Desmond. The family moved to Riseley Lodge in the mid 1920s, that was purchased for the princely sum of £1450. Riseley Lodge was a large rambling Victorian house, situated on the main Bath Road
A4. Sadly after his death in 1971 the building was torn down and replaced with a block of flats, however there is still some reference to the building as the road leading up to the flats is named Riseley Road. The top picture shows the founder of the company Horace Wilton seated at his desk in his study at Riseley Lodge, 1, All Saints Avenue, Maidenhead, from where he ran the business as a hobby up until his death in c1971. The North London Carrying Company was respected through out the industry for its fine detail work, in addition to many other styles of mascot, it specialise in animal and birds painted in natural colours. One model standing out far above the rest was an Eagle with a wing span of some 14 inches tip to tip, beautiful finished however only suitable for the largest cars, this mascot is extremely rare, I have only
seen two in over 20 years.