Inventory number engraved on underside of lid: "No: 2. [in script]". Inventory number and weight engraved on underside of tureen: "No: 2. 9 ms [marks] 11 1/8 lh [all in script]." Engraved on lid and tureen: Hanoverian arms of Great Britain (in use 1714-1801).
Marked on underside of tureen: lion rampant in shield (guild mark for Hanover); "H" [block letter]; maker's mark of Balthasar Friedrich Behrens [Scheffler 1445].
About 1730, George II (b. 1683 - d. 1760), King of Great Britain and Elector of Hanover (original commission); by inheritance to his grandson, George III (b. 1738 - d. 1820), King of Great Britain and Elector and King of Hanover [see note 1]; by inheritance to his son, George IV (b. 1762 - d. 1830), King of Great Britain and Hanover; by inheritance to his brother, William IV (b. 1765 - d. 1837), King of Great Britain and Hanover; 1837, by inheritance to his nephew, Ernst Augustus I (b. 1837- d. 1851), King of Hanover [see note 2]; by inheritance to his son, George V (b. 1819 - d. 1878), King of Hanover; by inheritance, through the Princes of Hanover, to Ernst Augustus V (b. 1954), Prince of Hanover. 2004, private foundation, United States; 2006, given from this private foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 25, 2006) NOTES:  In 1816, the Elector of Hanover assumed the title of King.  Because by Salic law a woman could not inherit the throne of Hanover, upon the succession of Queen Victoria of England in 1837, the crown passed to the oldest surviving son of George III.