Each with three wrinkled legs with shell feet, the plain bellied bodies with wavy cut rims and with flying leaf-capped double scroll handles.
These sauceboats are related to a type made by Paul De Lamerie (see Doyles Auctioneers, New York City, January 27th 2016, Lot 429....a pair dated 1742). William Stroud is not particularly well known but he worked for a considerable time and had a very good pedigree. He was apprenticed to John Wirgman, who was the son of the box maker Peter Wirgman, in 1769. He was then turned over to Benjamin Laver, another uncommon silversmith who produced some very high quality pieces. Laver had been apprenticed to Thomas Heming who in turn was apprenticed to Peter Archambo, one of the best silversmiths of the 18th century.
Stroud entered his first mark in 1788 and his last one in 1823 having been in business over 35 years.....something of a rarity back then. The quality of these boats is consistent with those made by De Lamerie as evidenced by the above average weight. If they had plain scroll legs they would have looked like any number of other sauceboats but the extraordinary wrinkled design gives them enormous character.