George II Silver Caster


Stock: 9861

Date: 1733

Maker: Francis Spilsbury

Country: England

A charming antique silver caster of plain baluster form with a pierced pull off cover. Good colour. To the front...

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A charming antique silver caster of plain baluster form with a pierced pull off cover. Good colour. To the front is the hand engraved crest of a falcon over a plume of five ostrich feathers/ducal crown.

Weight 179 grams, 5.7 troy oz.
Height 23 cm.
London 1733.
Made by Francis Spilsbury.
Sterling silver.
18th century.

Marks. Stamped underneath with a full set of English silver hallmarks, top edge with lion mark.

Crest. For Barnewall and the Barnewell Barons Trimlestown of Ireland,

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”.

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In very good condition. Good clear English silver hallmarks.

Maker Information

Maker: Francis Spilsbury

Francis Spilsbury I was apprenticed to Richard Green 2 November 1708 for 8 years. Free 12 July 1717. First mark entered as largeworker 24 July 1729, address Foster Lane. 2nd mark entered 15th June 1739, same address. 3rd mark entered 12th December 1739.

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