A 17th Century Silver Lighthouse Sugar Caster, London by SH
A very rare 17th century large silver sugar caster of lighthouse form. Rising up from a spreading knurled foot, the plain body with reeded band decoration. The bayonet fitted lid is simply decorated with symmetrical piercing, topped with matching decoration to the foot and surmounted with an acorn finial.
Fully hallmarked to the body for London circa 1680 (date letter partially rubbed) by SH (linked). This maker’s mark is found on silver from around 1680 onwards and is recorded in Jackson’s as unidentified. The lid is also hallmarked with the lion passant and the maker’s mark.
Overall this caster is in excellent condition. It sits true and the finial is upright. The tight fitting lid is in good order with no spits or repairs. The hallmarks have some minimal rubbing to them, but have very good definition for a 17th century piece of silverware. Of excellent gauge and quality, with no repairs. It has the beautiful lustre found on silver of this period.
Casters of this period are extremely rare, especially the larger sugar caster. Most examples from this period are either in museums or private collections, and surviving examples of sets of three are very scarce indeed. We do have 2 very fine examples of smaller lighthouse casters which compliment this one exceedingly well, and we would be happy to discuss any serious offer for the three as a set - please see pictures.
Width of foot: 9.5cm or 3.75 inches
Width of body: 7cm or 2.75 inches
Height to top of finial: 20cm or 7.87 inches
Weight (all in): 404g or 13ozT (14.2oz)