These spice boxes are listed in John Wakelin and Robert Garrard's Gentleman's Ledger No.3, folio 21, in The Victoria and Albert Museum.
Jany 7 To 2 small basons & covers with partitions and
stands, rich chased borders 37.4 - #31.4s.7d
To gilding Do in the best manner #10.10s
To engr crests and corts -.10
The strapwork engraved borders are very similar to those on a set of four shell-shaped dishes, sold from The Patino Collection, Christie's New York, 28 October 1986, lot 23, also by John Wakelin and Robert Garrard and listed in the ledgers for 8 February 1800. Together with the charges for the fashioning, gilding and engraving of the dishes is an entry for 'smoothing and polishing four old dishes'. These correspond to a set of four circular fluted dishes by Paul Crespin, of 1730, engraved with identical borders and the arms of Mount Edgecumbe, which were with the London trade at the time of the Patino sale. Undoubtably the decoration on the shell-shaped dishes and the basons or spice boxes was copied from the earlier dishes, the group of plate probably intended to be used together.