The Gentleman's Magazine of August 1745 (vol. XV), in a list of 'Ships taken from the Spaniards and French', records the capture of the ships during the War of the Spanish Succession. It includes the two referred to in the inscription on this dish. The French flotilla consisted of three ships, the two captured by Captain Talbot and a third, Notre Dame de Deliverance, which surrendered at Louisburg. A record of the cargo of the Notre Dame, published in 1780 lists amazing riches. Gold bullion and valuables to the sum of £700,000 were recovered from the Louis Erasmus and the Marquis D'Autin
Two detailed accounts of the taking of the ships appear in volume XV of The Gentleman's Magazine extracted from letters sent by a 'Lieutenant J.S.' on board the Prince Frederick (p. 428) and by the ship's commander, Captain James Talbot (p.418), written after they had docked at Kinsale. The present lot was no doubt part of the booty recovered from one of the two ships.