The Royal arms are those of Queen Anne and the crest and motto are those of John Smith (1655-1723), Speaker of the House of Commons. Speaker Smith was presented with 4,000oz. of "indenture plate," after his election to that post on October 24, 1705. The appearance of the Royal arms of Queen Anne on this meat dish, which dates after her death, indicates that the original plate was melted and refashioned, and the new pieces were engraved again with her arms. In the sale of Sir Michael Duff's collection there were 34 similarly engraved lots, of which fourteen were made by David Willaume I (1725-29). The fact that all the pieces from the 1720s were in the Britannia standard also supports the theory that the silver was refashioned from pieces dating from the earlier Britannia standard period.