George II Silver Caster

GBP 575.00

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Object Description

A charming antique silver caster of plain baluster form with a pierced pull off cover. Good colour.

Weight 179 grams, 5.7 troy ounces.
Height 23 cm. To the front is a hand engraved crest of a crown with a little bird.
London 1733.
Made by Francis Spilsbury.
Sterling silver.

Marks. Stamped underneath with a full set of English silver hallmarks, top edge with lion mark.

Francis Spilsbury I was apprenticed to Richard Green 2 November 1708 for 8 years. Free 12 July 1717. First mark entered as largeworker 24 July 1729, address Foster Lane. 2nd mark entered 15th June 1739, same address. 3rd mark entered 12th December 1739.

Object Literature

Antique Silver Casters didn’t become common household objects until the late 17th century. They were made in varying sizes and designs and were usually for sugar or pepper although the Blind Caster, the earliest form of mustard pot, was used for dry mustard. The old spelling “castor” is not in frequent use currently and generally speaking, the term “caster” is only used now for sugar. During the 18th century, casters were often produced in sets of three for sugar and two types of pepper. As granulated sugar is a more modern development, the early Sugar Castors had larger holes necessary for crushed sugar. Sugar casters are also referred to as “muffineers”.

Object Condition

In very good condition. Good clear English silver hallmarks.

Object Details

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)207 288 1939
+44 (0)7904 297419

Dealer Location

Vault 31-32
The London Silver Vaults
53-64 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1QS

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