Antique Victorian London 1897 Sterling Silver 8-3/4" Sugar Caster Muffineer Repousse Floral Design
This Antique Victorian sterling silver muffineer - sugar caster - spice shaker was made in London by George Jackson & David Fullerton for Josiah Williams & Co. This incredibly ornate shaker features a mass of florals with an unengraved shield at the center. There is a pedestal foot that is unadorned - a nice touch since the main body and top are so completely covered with design! I don't know if you can spot it in my photos but even the holes at the top section are a combination of rounds and lengthy commas (I kid you not)! The lid is topped with a wonderfully turned finial (set within a target of round lines).
The sugar caster is in terrific condition with just one pin prick I can spot near the edge of the middle section (where the silver flares out). Because I did not polish the tarnish out of the spot, it may show in my photos (and a polish will make the spot appear invisible). No dents or dings, no removals or repairs and the most perfect of vintage patinas. The lid fits snugly into the main section and comes apart easily.
Height is 8-3/4" (yep, it's a biggie) x about 3-1/2" at the center. The base is 2-3/4" across while the top section has a width of about 2".
Weight is 238.4 grams.
The muffineer is a wonder of Sterling Silver and is hallmarked in 3 places. On the lip of the top are the following impressions: 6 - Makers Initials of GJ over DF within a shield (George Jackson & David Fullerton for Josiah Williams & Co) - Lion Passant (Sterling Silver) - "b" in a shield shaped cartouche (1897) - Panther Face (London manufacture). The top of the main body bears the same marks. The bottom inside of the base reads MacKay & Chisolm, Edinburgh 6 along with some scratched in jewelers marks (possibly the retailers of the piece).
Just about the most gorgeous piece of silver I have ever seen!
NOTE: St. Louis is headquarters to one of the best consignors to my shop. They take in a lot of silver flatware and hollow ware as part trade for sale of their jewelry. Some of the pieces are wonderful and I want to save as many as I can from being scrapped so I will be offering as many silver items as possible. When I can, I will beat anyone’s price on RL. I want to turn over the silver inventory quickly so I can keep loading in more. St. Louis was a boom city in the 1800s and the silver inventory here is legendary. For those who know, the 1904 World’s Fair held one of the largest competitions in silver design – all the big maker names of the day competed and a lot of the winning pieces stayed in St. Louis after the Fair ended. So keep watching my listings, I never know what I am going to have week to week – all I know is it will be varied, fabulous and deserving of a good home.
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London 1897 Sterling Silver 8-3/4" Sugar Caster Muffineer Repousse Floral Design