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Maker's mark of David Willaume I
The ten-sided dish has a border cast and chased with formal guilloche. The rims are engraved on one side with a crest and on the other with a coat of arms, supporters flanked by the initials A R. For Duff-Assheton -Smith
The arms are those of Queen Anne.
In 1774 Thomas Assheton-Smith succeeded to the estates of his maternal uncle William Smith whose father was Speaker John Smith, elected as Speaker of the House of Commons on 24 October 1705.
John Smith, as was customary, was issued with 4,000 ounces of plate for his use whilst he held the office of Speaker. Smith held the post until 1 November 1708 and the plate was discharged (i.e. released for him to keep), a perquisite of the office, in the following October. Smith and his descendents continued to add to the service ordering pieces in the plain Queen Anne style even though it would have become unfashionable and continuing to have the pieces engraved with the arms and initials of Queen Anne. Much of the service remained in the family until the sale at Christie’s in 1958.
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