One of a pair of silver sauceboats of stocky, oval shape with scalloped rim and extended lip, resting on four squat rippled legs with feet comprised of small scrolls that are splayed like toes, with restrained rippled scroll handle, on one side of the main body the engraved crest of the Earl of Derby impaled with the motto below SANS CHANGER, on the other the badge of the Earl of Derby.


Paul de Lamerie


What does the date 1742/43 mean? Since around the year 1300, each piece of English silver has been stamped with a series of marks indicating the quality of its metal. Beginning in 1478, the date letter was added to the series as a means of identifying the assay master responsible for testing the article for its silver content. Today, this mark enables us to determine the year in which a piece of silver was made. However, because the date letter is regularly changed each year in the month of May, any given piece was made between May of one year and May of the following year. For this reason, when labeling English silver, a combination date of two years, separated by a slash, is always indicated.