8362
Antique William & Mary Silver Sugar Caster

Date: 1690

Maker: Thomas Brydon

Country: England

Stock Number: 8362

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A late 17th century antique sterling silver muffineer in the traditional lighthouse design with a bayonet fitting, so typical of these very early casters. This lovely castor is of heavy quality and feels good in the hand. The base is plain styled with fluted borders, the top is simply pierced, the holes are quite large as crushed loaf sugar was still in use at this early date. Unengraved. Weight 310 grams, 9.9 troy ounces. Height 20 cms. Diameter of base 8.5 cms. London 1690. Makers mark for Thomas Brydon (overstruck) - see Jacksons page 148, bottom mark.

Literature: 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 less frequently used nowadays.

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