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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. 1 W. 5m. 14. 1/4 L. [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: maker's mark of Johann Wilhelm Voigt I [Scheffler 1969]; 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: [1] In 1816, the Elector of Hanover assumed the title of King. [2] 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.

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Anonymous gift

German (Osnabrück), about 1716

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Diameter: 36.2 cm (14 1/4 in.)

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