Antique pewter caster or shaker made from three separate pieces: base, body and pierced top (see all photos). The top and base are cast pewter made in the older traditional way whereas the pear shaped body appears to be made of spun Britannia (a higher grade of pewter that was spun, not cast). The combination of cast and spun parts together suggest that this pepper pot dates to the transition when pewter makers were changing over to Britannia.. In the 1850s and 1860s, Britannia lost its individuality as electroplating gains in popularity. Britannia was perfect for adding silver plating by this new process. The caster offered for sale here likely dates between 1820 and 1840.
The top on this caster is threaded and can be easily removed as shown in the photos. Also, the top has thirty six small holes arranged in four sets of nine holes each forming a diamond pattern (see photos). There are no makers marks on the base or elsewhere and so I do not know who made it. Today, American Pewter shakers and pepper pots are very rare before 1800 and those from 1870 and on were typically made of plated Britannia. Industrially produced salt and pepper shakers are revived in the twentieth century, however these are crudely cast, thick and mass produced. The pepper pot listed here is more than 150 years old and is in good condition. And as always, this pewter shaker also comes with my Docs Antiques satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund.
SIZE: This pepper pot stands about 4 3/4 inches tall and has a base that measures 2 inches across. The pot measures about 1 7/8 inches across at its belly. The pot weighs about 4 ounces empty. It is a nice example for displaying on a shelf, table, counter or along a window sill and will certainly capture attention in any setting.
CONDITION: This pewter pepper pot is in good condition with a few minor dents and nicks, but no cracks or large dents (see all photos). The threaded top needs to be unscrewed very gently so as not to strip the threads. The base has a minor dent but this is not very noticeable as the photos help reveal. Finally, the top and the base have some dark oxidation and there is minor scaling along the outer bottom edge of the base and also underneath the base where it is much more noticeable (see photos of base). Beyond these minor issues, the pepper pot has no other defects and no repairs or restorations and if the buyer is not 100% satisfied, then she/he may return this antique pepper pot for a refund (see our refund policy noted below).
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Item ID: RL465.nyea1262
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