The paten, with a plain front and reeded rim, refers on the reverse to the enduring fame of William Cecil, Lord Burghley, the most loyal and trusted servant to Queen Elizabeth I who, during her reign, guided the ship of state for more than forty years.
The inscription reads: ‘To the Memory of Wm. Lo. Burleigh late high Treasure of Englande’. Maker’s mark S.O., diameter 16cm.