Sixteen sauceboats of this model were ordered by George III in 1761 from Thomas Heming (see George III & Queen Charlotte: Patronage, Collecting and Court Taste, 2004, p. 322, no. 339). Heming was appointed Principal Goldsmith to the King in 1760. A pair of Heming sauce boats engraved with Royal arms, 1770, is illustrated in Vanessa Brett, The Sotheby's Directory of Silver, 1600-1940, 1986, p. 223, no. 989.