Antique Sterling Silver William IV Fiddle and Thread Pattern Table Fork Ross-shire Buffs 1837
YEAR OF MANUFACTURE: 1837
ORIGIN: London, England
MAKER: William Eaton
WEIGHT: 2.76 troy ounces (3.03 ounces or 86.00 grams)
ENGRAVINGS: Motto: Cuidich 'n Righ, Gaelic for "Help the King"
STOCK CODE: W111702
A lovely William IV Fiddle and Thread pattern table fork with soft and pleasing contours and a regimental crest. There is wear to the outer tines, but considering the history behind this piece - part of an Officer's Mess that travelled all over the world, it is in remarkable condition. This fork was part of the Mess service that travelled with the 78th Highlanders Regiment of Foot, known as the Ross-shire Buffs. The regiment was first raised by Francis Humberstone MacKensie, Chief of the Clan Mackensie in 1793 for service in the French Revolutionary Wars. The Regiment subsequently saw action in the Dutch Cape Colony, India, Java, Afghanistan, Persia, Gibraltar, the Napoleonic Wars, Nova Scotia...There is scarcely a corner of the former British Empire this regiment did not attend. In the midst of all of this excitement, the Officers, many of whom never returned from these far off lands, succumbing to disease or battle, was furnished silver implements - a tiny reminder of the niceties of home. Little did they know that silver's aseptic properties probably helped them to resist disease as well.
Length: 20 cm (8 inches)
Part of the Officer's Mess service for the 78th Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs)
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