The serene symmetry and light, elegant decoration of these boat-shaped fruit bowls, representative of goldsmith Thomas Heming's best work for the crown, make a striking contrast to the Rococo style popular at the time. The arms engraved in the cartouches placed at the center of each side are those of James, second earl of Fife, and his wife, Lady Dorothea Sinclair. They were married in the year the bowls were made, and thus were probably a wedding gift.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: Mottoes: Engraved on ribbon below arms: VIRTUTE ET OPERA; On banderole above crest: DEUS JUVAT
Marking:  Leopard's head crowned (London assay office mark);  Script L in shield, (London date letter for 1766–67);  Lion passant (English quality mark for sterling);  T H with pellet between and crown above, in shaped reserve (maker's mark for Thomas Heming, entered 1745).
Location of marks: All marks struck on underside
Engraved on the sides: Coronet, arms, and motto of James Duff (1729–1809), 2nd Earl of Fife and his wife Lady Dorothy Sinclair.