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Antique Silver Sugar Castor

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Stock: 9157

Date: 1902

Maker: Daniel & John Welby

Country: England

An early 20th century sterling silver muffineer in the classic baluster style popular from the early 1700 period. Britannia standard...

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Description

Description

An early 20th century sterling 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.

Sterling silver

Marks. Stamped with full English silver hallmarks to the body and top.

Literature: *Britannia Standard silver. In 1696, so extensive had become the melting and clipping of coinage that the silversmiths were forbidden to use the sterling standard for their wares, but had to use a new higher standard, 95.8 per cent. New hallmarks were ordered, “the figure of a woman commonly called Britannia” and the lion’s head erased (torn off at the neck) replacing the lion passant and the leopard’s head crowned. This continued until the old standard of 92.5 per cent was restored in 1720. Britannia standard silver still continues to be produced even today.

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.

Condition

This useful antique sugar shaker is in very good condition. Fully functional and all matching. Excellent weight.

Maker Information

Maker: Daniel & John Welby

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