Inventory number engraved on underside of sauceboat: "S.E." [in block letters] and "No. 4" [in script]. Engraved on side, below handle: Hanoverian arms of Great Britain (in use 1714-1801).
Marked on underside of sauceboat: maker's mark for Balthasar Friedrich Behrens ("BEHRNS" enclosed in rectangle)[Scheffler 1445]; Hanover guild mark (prancing horse with "15" [Scheffler 1450]; "E" [block letter][Scheffler 1448].
1744, George II (b. 1683 - d. 1760), King of Great Britain and Elector of Hanover (original commission) [see note 1]; by inheritance to his grandson, George III (b. 1738 - d. 1820), King of Great Britain and Elector and King of Hanover [see note 2]; 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 3]; 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:  This belongs to a set of 12 sauceboats, delivered by Balthasar Friedrich Behrens to the Hanoverian silver chamber on September 16, 1744, and added to the royal silver "Service E."  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.