Caster

about 1705
John Coney (American, 1655 or 1656–1722)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Buhler, 1972, No. 53

Dimensions

Overall (h x dia of base): 14 x 6.4 cm (5 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.); Weight: 5 oz., 1 dwt.

Accession Number

42.233

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

Caster with cylindrical seamed sides with convex molding slightly above applied, molded, splayed baseband with strengthening strap under edge; applied molding on body, applied bead forms bezel, open opposite seam for bayonet fastenings. High seamed cover has applied, stepped, and flattened dome through which the turned ball finial is doweled or soldered. Sides cut in clusters of heart and scroll forms, tiny flange over vertical molding to which bayonet fasteners are affixed.


Casters were used, as are modern shakers, to sprinkle (or cast) mustard, salt, sugar, pepper, and other spices onto food.

Inscription

Engraved F/ID; added inscription: "to / I + R + D" on body.

Markings

Buhler mark d on side oposite engraving. Cover unmarked.

Provenance

Early history unknown.

Credit Line

The Philip Leffingwell Spalding Collection—Given in his memory by Katharine Ames Spalding and Philip Spalding, Oakes Ames Spalding, and Hobart Ames Spalding