Known as the 'White Bait' service, this pattern was used at the Ship Inn in Greenwich in a series of dinners hosted by the sociable angler Sir Robert Preston, MP during the reign of George III. Over the course of the 19th century Preston's friendly 'White Bait' dinners wound up taking on a life of their own, eventually becoming exclusive dinners for Cabinet Ministers. See The Epicure: A Journal of Taste, vol. X, December 1902- November 1903, p. 357 and V. Wilkinson, Spode-Copeland-Spode, Suffolk, 2002, p. 176, pl. 113.