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Casters

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”.

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Casters

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”.

  • 1686

     

    9283 Antique James II Silver Sugar Caster

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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 pierced motifs, the top is simply pierced, the holes are quite large as crushed loaf sugar was still in use at this early date. Engraved to the front is a large armorial, the top has the matching crest. Weight 243 grams, 7.8 troy ounces. Height 17 cms. Diameter of base 8.2 cms. London 1686. Makers mark “FA”* – see Jacksons page 133.

  • 1690

    Thomas Brydon

    8362 William & Mary Antique Silver Sugar Caster

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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. Uninscribed. Weight 310 grams, 9.9 troy ounces. Height 20 cm. Diameter of base 8.5 cm. London 1690. Makers mark for Thomas Brydon (overstruck) – see Jacksons page 148, bottom mark.

  • 1701

     

    8924 William III Silver Sugar Caster

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    An early English antique sterling silver muffineer in the traditional lighthouse design with a bayonet fitting, so typical of these very early casters. Unusual small size. This lovely castor is of heavy quality and feels good in the hand. The base is plain styled with fluted borders, the top has excellent quality piercing with hand engraved detail. There is a crest and initial to the front. Weight 208 grams, 6.6 troy ounces. Height 16 cms. Diameter of base 7 cms. London 1701. Maker unidentified.

  • 1702

    William Fawdery

    3862 Queen Anne Antique Silver Castor

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    An antique Britannia standard silver muffineer in the traditional lighthouse design and having a bayonet fitting. This lovely piece is of heavy quality and feels good in the hand. The base is simply styled with gadroon borders, the top is beautifully pierced and engraved and there is the original coat of arms engraved to the front. Weight 10.5 troy ounces. Height 21 cms. London 1702. Maker William Fawdery.

  • 1704

    Andrew Raven

    8743 Queen Anne Silver Sugar Caster

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    Very rare double walled design. An antique silver muffineer in the traditional lighthouse design so typical of these very early casters. Britannia standard silver*. The cover extends right down to the girdle above the armorial, covering the main body. This lovely castor is of heavy quality and feels good in the hand. To the front there is a hand engraved armorial within a large decorative cartouche. 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 391 grams, 12.5 troy ounces. Height 19 cms. Diameter of base 8.5 cms. London 1704. Makers mark for Andrew Raven.

  • 1707

    Charles Adam

    8574 Antique Queen Anne Silver Caster

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    An early English antique silver muffineer from the early 1700 period. Britannia standard silver*. Large size. Baluster shape. Excellent plain style. The top has a bayonet fitting and has two panels of pretty piercing with hand engraving. The base is plain with just a hand engraved lion crest to the front. Weight 265 grams, 8.5 troy ounces. Height 20.5 cms. London 1707. Makers mark for Charles Adams.

  • 1708

    Richard Syng

    9180 Antique Queen Anne Silver Casters

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    A matching pair of early English antique silver muffineers from the early 1700 Queen Anne period. Britannia standard silver*. Bayonet fitting and with the desirable octagonal panelled design. Incredible weight. These lovely castors are made of cast silver and feel good in the hand. The pull off tops are prettily pierced. Each has a hand engraved cartouche to the front containing 3 lions crowned. Total weight 554 grams, 17.8 troy ounces. Height 18.5 cms. London 1708. Makers mark for Richard Syng.

  • 1712

    Jonathan Newton

    8572 Pair of Antique Queen Anne Silver Casters

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    A matching pair of early English antique silver muffineers from the early 1700 Queen Anne period. Britannia standard silver*. With baluster shape and the desirable octagonal panelled design. These lovely castors are of heavy quality and feel good in the hand. The pull off tops are prettily pierced and engraved. Each is hand engraved to the front with a nautical crest of a sea horse and anchor. Total weight 537 grams, 17.2 troy ounces. Height 17 cms. London 1712. Makers mark for Jonathan Newton.

  • 1712

    Charles Adam

    8682 Antique Queen Anne Silver Caster

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    An early English antique silver muffineer from the early 1700 period. Britannia standard silver*. Large size. Baluster shape. Excellent plain style. The top has a bayonet fitting and has two panels of pretty piercing with hand engraving. The castor base is plain with just a hand engraved lion crest to the front. Weight 308 grams, 9.9 troy ounces. Height 20 cms. London 1712. Makers mark for Charles Adams.

  • 1714

    Charles Adam

    8374 Antique Queen Anne Silver Caster

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    An antique silver muffineer from the early 1700 Queen Anne period. Britannia standard silver*. With baluster shape and octagonal panelled design. This lovely castor is of heavy quality and feels good in the hand. The pull off top is simply pierced, the base is hand engraved. Weight 155 grams, 4.9 troy ounces. Height 14 cms. Diameter of base 5 cms. London 1714. Makers mark for Charles Adam.

  • 1714

    William Fawdery

    9183 Set of 3 George I Silver Casters

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    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.

  • 1716

    Charles Adam

    8376 Antique George I Silver Caster

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    An antique silver muffineer from the early 1700 period. Britannia standard silver*. Of baluster form. This lovely castor is of heavy quality and feels good in the hand. The pull off top has two panels of piercing, the base is plain with just a hand engraved crest to the front. Weight 153 grams, 4.9 troy ounces. Height 15 cms. Diameter of base 5 cms. London 1716. Makers mark for Charles Adam.

  • 1717

    Anthony Nelme

    9689 George I Silver Caster

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    Extra large size. This is a very heavy antique silver castor or muffineer in the desirable octagonal shape. Britannia standard silver* 95.8 grade. Bayonet fitting. The top has panels of pierced decoration. Uninscribed. Stamped underneath with initials H.H and an interesting scratchweight 32=6, presumably this was originally one of a pair (Sett). Weight 495 grams, 15.9 troy ounces. Height 21.5 cm. London 1717. Maker Anthony Nelme.

  • 1718

    Charles Adam

    8033 George I Silver Caster

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    A rare early English silver castor of octagonal form. The top has decorative piercing. Excellent quality and patina. Weight 155 grams, 4.9 troy ounces. Height 15.5 cms. Diameter of base 5 cms. *Britannia standard silver. London 1718. Maker Charles Adam. Makes a good pair with #8028.

  • 1725

    Thomas Bamford

    8028 George I Silver Caster

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    A rare early English silver castor with octagonal form. The top has decorative piercing. Excellent quality and patina. Weight 161 grams, 5.1 troy ounces. Height 15 cms. Diameter of base 5 cms. Sterling silver. London 1725. Maker Thomas Bamford.

  • 1726

    Samuel Wood

    9617 George I Silver Casters

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    An early set of 3 antique sterling silver castors with pierced removable tops. Classic plain style. Each with a hand engraved crestof a dragon to the front. Weight 618 grams, 19.8 troy ounces. Tall castor – height 17.9 cm. Pair of smaller castors – height 14.7 cm. All matching. London 1726. Maker Samuel Wood.

  • 1729

    Thomas Farren

    8995 Antique George II Silver Caster

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    An early antique silver muffineer of baluster form on a cast foot. Britannia standard silver*. This lovely castor is of heavy quality and feels good in the hand. The hexagonal pull off top has alternate panels of decorative piercing. Uninscribed. Weight 239 grams, 7.6 troy ounces. Height 18 cms. London 1729. Makers mark for Thomas Farren.

  • 1729

    Samuel Welder

    7245 Set of 3 George II Silver Casters

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    A fantastic quality set of 3 antique sterling silver castors with pierced removable tops. Classic plain style. Very heavy gauge. Weight 739 grams, 23.7 troy ounces. Tall castor – height 18.5 cms. Pair of smaller castors – height 14 cms. London 1729. Maker Samuel Welder.

  • Circa 1730

     

    7370 Pair of George II Silver Casters

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    Incredible quality and weight. A pair of heavy antique sterling silver castors of octagonal shape. With a hand engraved coronet and fancy scroll work design to the front of each. One caster has a pierced top for pepper and the other has a blind cover for dry mustard. The quality of the detailed pierced work and engraving is exceptional and gives the overall impression that they are of Huguenot manufacture and of an outstanding maker such as Paul de Lamerie. Excellent colour. Weight 640 grams, 20.5 troy ounces. Height 16 cms. Fully marked underneath for London 1730. No makers mark.

  • 1732

    Henry Miller I

    6364 Pair of George II Casters

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    An interesting pair of early English silver castors of simple plain shape and having an engraved crest of a bird to the front. They are both matching but there is an unusual feature – one has a decorative pierced top and the other has an unpierced and engraved top. This is known as a blind caster which is the earliest form of mustard pot. Weight 264 grams, 8.4 troy ounces. Height 13 cms. London 1732. Maker Henry Miller I

  • 1732

    Paul Crespin

    10103 Set of George II Antique Silver Casters

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    A fantastic quality set of antique sterling silver castors made by the master silversmith Paul Crespin. Classic plain style with pierced removable tops. Extremely large size, thick gauge and heavy in the hand. An unusual feature is that one small caster has been fitted with a plain inner sleeve, this is known as a “blind caster”, the earliest form of mustard pot. Height 21.5cm and 16.6cm. Weight 1056 grams, 33.9 troy ounces. London 1732 (large), 1733 (small). Maker Paul Crespin.

  • 1734

    Paul de Lamerie

    7889 George II Silver Caster by Paul de Lamerie

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    A rare antique silver castor by the revered master silversmith Paul de Lamerie. Of plain baluster form with a pull off cover pierced and engraved with scrollwork and crosslets. Good colour and weight. To the front there is a contemporary hand engraved coat of arms within a decorative cartouche. Weight 246 grams, 7.9 troy ounces. Height 8 cms. Diameter of base 5.75 cms. London 1734. Maker Paul de Lamerie.

  • 1735

     

    9186 George II Silver Caster

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    A charming antique sterling silver castor of plain baluster form with a pull off cover pierced and criss-cross engraved. Good colour. Uninscribed. Owners initials etched below. Weight 164 grams, 5.2 troy ounces. Height 15 cms. London 1735. Maker unidentified.

  • 1738 - 1739

    Samuel Wood

    6180 Set of 3 George II Silver Castors

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    A lovely matching set of early antique sterling silver casters of plain baluster shape and having pierced and panelled tops. Engraved to the front of the large caster there is an armorial and to the 2 smaller castors there is a crest of a bird. Total weight 303 grams, 9.7 troy ounces. Height 19.5/15 cms. Diameter of base 6.5/4.5 cms. London 1738 (large castor), 1739 (both smaller castors). Maker Sam Wood.

  • 1746

    Samuel Wood

    6354 Set of George II Silver Casters by Sam Wood

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    A handsome set of 3 antique silver castors with pierced removable tops. Classic plain style. Weight 474 grams, 15.2 troy ounces. Tall castor – height 17 cms, London 1753. Pair of smaller castors – height 14.8 cms, London 1746. Maker Sam Wood. Sterling silver

  • 1751

    Samuel Wood

    8314 Set of 3 George II Silver Casters

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    An excellent quality set of 3 antique sterling silver castors of baluster form. Classic plain style. The removable tops have pierced foliate scroll-work and spiral fluting. Each caster has a hand engraved coat of arms within a rococo cartouche. Very heavy gauge silver. Weight 1263 grams, 40.6 troy ounces. Tall castor – height 22 cms. Pair of smaller castors – height 18.25 cms. London 1751. Maker Samuel Wood, well known for his silver casters.

  • 1768

    William Grundy

    9476 George III Silver Sugar Vases

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    A fine pair of antique sterling silver sugar casters with side handles. Plain style with gadroon borders. To the front each has a hand engraved armorial with a boar crest. Weight 951 grams, 30.5 troy ounces. Height 25cm (caster), 17.5cm (vase). London 1768. Maker William Grundy.

  • 1788

    Charles Hougham

    9543 George III Silver Pepper Shakers

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    An elegant pair of antique sterling silver peppers of tall vase shape with pierced detachable tops. Good colour. Uninscribed. Weight (pair) 276 grams, 8.8 troy ounces. Height 16.5cm. London 1788. Made by Charles Hougham.

  • 1850

    George John Richards

    8196 Victorian Silver Owl Castor

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    An unusual novelty piece of antique sterling silver in the form of an owl with a detachable head and glass eyes. This delightful sugar castor is beautifully modelled and engraved, the quality is very realistic. Weight 123 grams, 3.9 troy ounces. Height 11 cms. London 1850. Maker George Richards.

  • Circa 1860

     

    7206 Antique Dutch Silver Caster

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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 cm. Marked underneath with the Dutch dolphin duty mark*. Circa 1860.

  • 1901

    Charles Stuart Harris

    9962 Antique Silver Castor

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    An early 20th century silver muffineer in the traditional lighthouse design with a bayonet fitting, typical of the late 17th century. Britannia standard silver*. Neat size. Weight 100 grams, 3.2 troy ounces. Height 14.5cm. London 1901. Maker Charles Stuart Harris.

  • 1902

    Daniel & John Welby

    9157 Antique Silver Sugar Castor

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    An early 20th century silver muffineer in the classic baluster style popular from the early 1700 period. Britannia standard silver*. Large size. Lovely plain style. The top has a bayonet fitting and has two panels of pretty piercing. Weight 396 grams, 12.7 troy ounces. Height 20.5 cms. London 1902. Maker D & J Wellby.

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