An excellent set of 3 antique silver castors with pierced removable tops. *Britannia standard silver. Classic plain style. Very heavy gauge. To the front of each there is a hand engraved bird crest. An unusual feature is that one small caster has been fitted with a plain inner sleeve; this is known as a “blind caster” which is the earliest form of mustard pot. Tall castor – height 17.5 cms. Pair of smaller castors – height 14 cms. Weight 623 grams, 20 troy ounces. London 1714. Maker William Fawdery.
Biography – William Fawdery, apprenticed to Robert Cooper 1683, free 1694. 1st mark, Britannia, entered as largeworker 1697. 2nd mark, Britannia, 1720. 3rd mark, sterling, 1720. Died circa 1727 when Hester Fawdery, his widow, entered her own mark.