Engraved on underside of dish: "C" [for Service C listed in the inventory of the Hanoverian silver vault]. Engraved on underside with inventory number and weight: "N. 14 [...] 5 m. 14 1/2 l: [all in script]". Engraved on rim: British royal arms with a label of difference for Ernest Augustus (1660-1728), Bishop of Osnabruck from 1715 and Duke of York.
Marked on underside of plate: unidentified maker's mark HPM ("HP" with grain in between and floret above; an "M" flanked by grains below; all within beaded circle) ; DD crowned; guild mark for Osnabruck (pinwheel)
About 1716, Ernest Augustus (b. 1674 - d. 1728), Duke of York and Albany; 1728, upon the death of Ernest Augustus, taken to the Hanoverian silver chamber and passed by inheritance from George II (b. 1683 - d. 1760), King of Great Britain and Elector of Hanover; 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.