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Caster

Caster
Caster
Caster
Title
Caster
Date 
ca. 1730
Medium 
Silver
Dimensions 
Overall: 5 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. ( 14 x 6.4 cm ) Silver Weight: 6 oz (troy) (187 g)
Description 
Wrought silver caster; octagonal, baluster-shaped body on an applied, cast, octagonal splayed foot; plain applied band at the contraflexure; molded band applied around the rim; high, octagonal, domed cover with applied, cast flange; above flange, panels of pierced geometric shapes; applied, cast octagonal disk on the top of cover with an applied finial above; engraved, "B/ M * S" center panel of the body; maker's mark left of the inscription.
Credit Line 
Bequest of Malcom Sands Wilson
Object Number 
1967.44ab
Marks 
engraved: center panel of body: "B/ M * S" in block letters stamped: left of engraving: "AP" in a heart in roman letters
Gallery Label 
Refined dining tables in eighteenth-century New York were equipped with sets of three silver casters: a large one for dispensing sugar and two smaller flanking casters for black and cayenne pepper. Measuring less than six inches high, this relatively small example was probably intended for dispensing pepper. Like most New York casters, it adheres closely to English prototypes. The caster descended in the family of Malcolm Sands Wilson, but its original owners are unknown. The engraved initials "B / M * S" may refer to a member of the Bayard family, distantly related to Wilson through his great-grandfather, Samuel Bayard Malcolm Sands (1799-1832).
Provenance 
Descent unknown; acquired by Malcolm Sands Wilson (1884-1961), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group