The arms are those of Pratt with those of Molesworth on a escutcheon of pretence, for John, 2nd Earl Camden (1759-1840). He succeeded his father, formerly Lord Chancellor, in 1794, and these wine coolers form part of an extensive service of plate commissioned from Paul Storr in that year. The service was presumably used for the second Earl's tenure as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 1795-1798. He was described by the Earl of Charlemont in 1795 as "a plain, unaffected, good humored man of pleasing conversation and conciliatory address." He was Secretary of State for War and the Colonies 1804-05 and Lord President of the Council 1807-12. He became a Knight of the Garter in 1799 and was created Marquess Camden in 1812. He married in 1785 Frances, daughter and heir of William Molesworth of Wenbury, Devon.
Pieces from the Camden service are in the Gibbons Collection, at the Lauren Rogers Library & Museum of Art, Laurel, Mississippi, the Jerusalem Museum and numerous private collections. A pair of wine coolers from this service are in the collection of the Department of State, Diplomatic Reception Rooms and are illustrated in Paul Storr Silver in American Collections, 1972, cat. no. 3, p. 7. Another pair of wine coolers from the Camden service sold in these Rooms, April 28, 1992, lot 205.