I found this yesterday at a yard sale. It is a Sheffield silver-plate dessert set, with mother-of-pearl handles, 24 pieces. And it's beautiful! Have a look!
My research on the Earl produced quite a few of them beginning in the early 1800's. Check it out on Wikipedia here. By the date on the included tag, my guess is that these may have belonged to Alan Frederick Cathcart, 3rd Earl Cathcart, (1828–1905), Peerage page here (scroll to the bottom). I also have to wonder just who wrote the tag that was included and is it accurate. Doesn't matter, really. This is a beautiful set and I bought it because the price was very right and the lady didn't want to polish the silver. I did and it turned out stunning. Am going to sell this set. If you know of anyone who would like to purchase it, please let me know on my Facebook page. It will be in my locked china cabinet in my booth at Merchant Square for the time being.
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