George Seymour, Viscount Beauchamp (1725-1745) was the only son and heir of Algernon, 7th Duke of Somerset and 1st Earl of Northumberland. It seems probable that these pieces were given to him by his godfather, King George I, at his christening. His other godparents were Caroline, Princess of Wales (later Queen Consort) and the Earl of Thomond. George Seymour died unmarried on his 19th birthday at Bologna, Italy, of smallpox, and was buried 6th July 1745.
This form is a rare survivor of the porringer and stand popular after the Restoration, appears to have been a necessary part of the gilt plate issued to Ambassadors in the early years of the 18th century. Other examples are a cup and cover by Philip Rollos, 1712, sold Sotheby's, 27 June 1963, lot 53, and a pair of cups and stands also by Philip Rollos, 1714, illustrated in J. Hayward, Huguenot Silver, 1959, fig.9.