Struck on reverse with hallmarks (lion's head erased, Britannia, date letter for 1703-4) and with maker's mark of Andrew Moore; the feet with lion's head erased and maker's mark
October 25, 1703, Sir John Methuen (b. 1650? - d. 1706) [see note 1]; by descent within the family to Paul Sanford Methuen, 3rd Baron Methuen (b. 1845 - d. 1932); February 25, 1920, Methuen sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London (?) [see note 2]. William Randolph Hearst (b. 1863 - d. 1951), New York and Los Angeles; about 1965, sold privately by the Hearst estate. 1987, with Spink and Son, London. S. J. Phillips, Ltd., London; probably sold by S. J. Phillips to Alan and Simone Hartman, New York; 2001, gift of Alan and Simone Hartman to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 21, 2001) NOTES:  These salvers (2001.24.1-2) form part of a service issued by the Jewel House to Methuen upon his appointment as Ambassador Extraordinary to Portugal. For further information see Christopher Hartop, "The Huguenot Legacy: English Silver 1680-1760 from the Alan and Simone Hartman Collection" (London: Thomas Heneage, 1996), cat. no. 1, pp. 70-73.  According to Hartop 1996 (as above, n. 1), the two MFA salvers were part of lot 63 in the 1920 Methuen sale. However, the description in this lot of a "pair of Queen Anne porringers and covers" does not match the MFA objects. It is possible they were included in this sale under a different lot number.
Gift of Alan and Simone Hartman and Harriet J. Bradbury Fund