On 24 March 1914, a portion of the service was dispersed by Christie's, and was catalogued as "chased with the Ashburnham arms, honeycomb-pattern and small blossoms on a matted ground". The offered lots included: four pairs of oval meat dishes and covers, of varying lengths (lots 118-121); a meat dish (122); a venison dish (123); two pairs of circular salvers (124, 125); a pair of soup tureens and covers (126); and four circular entrée dishes and covers (127). It is most likely the present pair represent lot 118 in this sale with the weight in the 1914 catalogue stated as 273oz 10dwt., only 6oz. more than the weight of the present pair.
Although the exact constitution of the Ashburnham Service is not presently known, the large number of pieces offered in the last century, as well as the extravagance of its decoration, suggest that it was one of the last great services completed by Storr before his 1839 retirement. The Ashburnham household and family records are preserved at the East Sussex Records Office and may offer a more complete idea of the size of the Service and the variety of vessels it included.
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