7206
Antique Dutch Silver Caster

Date: Circa 1860

Country: Netherlands

Stock Number: 7206

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A very charming antique silver sugar castor of vase shape with classical roundels, swags, face mounts and a pineapple finial. Very heavy quality – sits well in the hand. The top is not detachable, the sugar is filled from underneath and would originally have had a cork (supplied). Weight 181 grams, 5.8 troy ounces. Height 16 cms. Marked underneath with the Dutch dolphin duty mark*. Circa 1860.

Literature: *The Dutch Dolphin mark. The 1859 duty mark for new unguaranteed objects of national origin. This mark was used on all new silver objects below legal standard of fineness, those with non-precious metal additions, and on new heavily gold or silver plated objects, as long as the average precious metal content after melting with the base metal was at least 250/1000. It was also struck on rejected objects which had been submitted at lowest standard of fineness. In that case the maker had to choose between destruction or 'unguaranteed' marking. This mark was sometimes also mistakenly used on old and foreign objects. Dolphin mark used from 1859-1893 and valid from 1859 till 1953.

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