Engraved on rim with the badge and motto of George Augustus, Prince of Wales, later George II, flanked by initials "G" and "P" [Georgius Princeps] (in use 1714-1727).
Marked on underside of rim: maker's mark for Lewin Dedeke [Scheffler 478]; "A" [in block letters]; Hanover guild mark (prancing horse, with "12" below, within oval)
1722 or 1723, George Augustus (b. 1683 - d. 1760), Elector of Hanover, later George II, King of Great Britain (r. 1727-1760) (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 is one of 24 plates from the set at the MFA (accession nos. 2006.763-2006.786) commissioned by George Augustus as part of the so-called "English Service" (referred to as "Service F" in the 1747 inventory of the Hanoverian silver vaults).  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.