This beautiful crystal sugar castor is topped with a sterling silver cap. The crystal base is decorated with a diamond horizontal design around the top, and the lower three quarters of the base are adorned with floral swags and ribbons which have been diamond wheel engraved. The base is topped with a fully hallmarked sterling band, and the cap is topped with a finial and has the traditional piercings for a sugar castor. Both cap and band are fully hallmarked for Sheffield, James Deakin and Sons, and the date mark for 1909.
The base is in excellent condition with no chips or scratches. The cap fits snugly on the base and has some denting in the areas of the piercings. These can be seen in the photos, but I don't feel that these affect the overall appearance or function.
Measurements: Height: 6.25" (overall) Height: 2.25" (cap) Width: 3.25" at base Width: 1.5" at top and cap Weight: 8.8 oz.
James Deakins' firm was started in 1865 in Sheffield, England where he was joined by his sons sometime before 1886. In 1888 they opened offices and showrooms in London, Glasgow and Belfast.
This stunning piece is a fine example of the beautiful artistry of this company. I have used it as a sugar and cinnamon shaker as well as a cheese shaker. It feels substantial in the hand and looks elegant on the table. Friends and family appreciate the fact that I have "fussed" for them whenever it is used. Whether you call it a muffineer, castor or shaker, it is sure to impress.
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