Antique Queen Anne Silver Caster
Antique Queen Anne Silver Caster
Antique Queen Anne Silver Caster
Antique Queen Anne Silver Caster
Antique Queen Anne Silver Caster
Antique Queen Anne Silver Caster

CHARLES ADAM (worked from 1703)

Antique Queen Anne Silver Caster

1712 England

Offered by waxantiques

£2,250 gbp
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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.
This useful antique sugar shaker is in very good condition. Fully functional and all matching. Excellent weight. Stamped with full English silver hallmarks to the body (Britannia and makers mark marks only partially stamped), lions head erased and makers mark to the top (rubbed).

Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.
*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.
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