Sterling Silver mounted knife & fork, Chalmers crest, 1861
Victorian knife & fork, the handles Sterling Silver (Sheffield 1861) with engraved steel blades ‘close-plated’ with silver.
Handles bearing a heraldic crest – Eagle rising with ‘SPERO’ (Hope) – for Chalmers of Aldbar Castle, Forfar, Scotland
some wear & signs of age.
The 16th century castle Aldbar, extensively ‘improved’ by the Chalmers family in the 19th century, was badly damaged by fire in 1964, and deemed ‘not economical to salvage’ – and totally demolished, just leaving the elaborate gates…..