William III Antique Silver Caster


Stock: 9964

Date: 1696

Maker: St John Hoyte

Country: England

A late 17th century antique sterling silver muffineer in the traditional lighthouse design with a bayonet fitting, so typical of...

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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. Excellent size and heavy quality, it feels good in the hand. Lovely patina. The base is plain styled with a gadrooned base, the top is simply pierced, the holes are quite large as crushed loaf sugar was still in use at this early date. Uninscribed.

Weight 304 grams, 9.7 troy ounces
Height 19.5cm. Diameter of base 6.3cm
London 1696
Makers mark for St John Hoyte
Sterling silver

Marks. Stamped with full English silver hallmarks to the body, lion and maker’s mark to the top.

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.


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

Maker Information

Maker: St John Hoyte

St John Hoyte, London silversmith, apprenticed to Thomas King 1668, free 1676. Hoyte’s mark was struck on the 1682 Mark Plate. Livery 1685. Died 1693 and the mark of his widow Frances Hoyte appeared on plate from that time. Hoyte took 6 apprentices during his working career. Hoyte produced a large range of hollow wares including tankards, flagons and porringers and many chinoiserie decorated tankards, porringers salvers and tea cups.

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