The arms are those of Curzon quartering Assheton, Howe and others for Richard William Penn (1796-1870), who succeeded to the Viscountcy of Curzon on his grandfather's death in 1820. In that same year he married Harriet Georgiana (1799-1836), daughter of Robert, 6th Earl of Cardigan.
He was created Earl Howe in 1821 and soon obtained various Royal appointments. He was made a Lord of the Bedchamber 1829-30, then Lord Chamberlain to Queen Adelaide as Queen Consort 1830-31 and again in 1834-37, and later held the same position to the Queen when she became Queen Dowager. His favour at court was held by some to be based upon an over-familiar intimacy with the Queen, and rumours of scandal dogged his attendance upon her. In 1845, he married secondly Anne (1817-1877), daughter of Admiral Sir John Gore. She had been Maid of Honour to Adelaide, Queen Consort.
These sauceboats form part of an extensive dinner service produced by the workshops of Paul Storr and Scott & Smith, 1804-1806. Weighing more than 4,500 ounces, the service comprised 84 dinner plates, 24 dessert plates, 15 meat dishes and 20 entree dishes in various sizes. Further silver from the collection of Earl Howe sold again at Christie's, London on 1 July 1953.
Richard William Penn Curzon, 1st Earl Howe, by Richard Austin Artlett, after George Raphael Ward, published 1838
(c) National Portrait Gallery, London