A rare matched set of three late 17th Century Casters
A rare matched set of three late 17th Century Casters
A rare matched set of three late 17th Century Casters
A rare matched set of three late 17th Century Casters
A rare matched set of three late 17th Century Casters
A rare matched set of three late 17th Century Casters
A rare matched set of three late 17th Century Casters
A rare matched set of three late 17th Century Casters
A rare matched set of three late 17th Century Casters
A rare matched set of three late 17th Century Casters

A rare matched set of three late 17th Century Casters

Regular price £12,500.00

This beautiful collection is comprised of 3 late 17th century casters, a large central sugar caster flanked by 2 smaller casters for pepper and mustard or cayenne pepper. Casters originally came in sets like this, and surviving original sets are extremely rare.

 
Individual caster details
 
Caster 1

 

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)

 

Caster 2

 

A very rare William III britannia silver lighthouse caster, London 1698. Britannia Standard, with a turned and fluted finial to the domed, pierced cover engraved with scrolls and flowers with bayonet fixing mounts. The main body of the caster is plain with applied bands to the rim and body. All standing on a lobed, fluted foot. Crest to side, see pictures.

Hallmarked for London 1698 by Andrew Raven. Maker's mark to the body and lid.
 
Of excellent gauge, well proportioned design and a beautiful lid with pierced design surmounted with a lovely final. The overall patina is very nice. It sits true and apart from a little rubbing to the hallmarks, is in excellent condition.

This is an attractive caster, very similar to the Joseph Ward caster, also listed, slightly plainer on the body with a narrower band, pretty decoration to the lid and a very nice finial. Fractionally taller than the Ward caster and slightly heavier. Lovely patina and slightly less rubbing to the hallmarks.


This is a lovely caster of museum quality.
 

 

Width: 15.5 cm 6 inches

Weight (all in):  210 g or 6.75ozT (7.4oz)

 

Caster 3

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.

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)