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George II Silver Casters

Date: 1748

Maker: Samuel Wood

Country: England

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A pair of antique silver casters, or tall peppers, of plain baluster form with detachable pierced tops. Classic style. Hand engraved to each is the crest of a lion.

Total weight 263 grams, 8.4 troy ounces.

Height 15cm.

London 1748.

Maker Samuel Wood.

Sterling silver.

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".

Marks. Stamped with a full and matching set of English silver hallmarks under each body, the tops are stamped on the rim with the lion and makers mark.

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