Sugar Caster

Sugar found its way to Europe by the tenth century and was one of the world’s most expensive condiments. It came in several forms: crystal, loaf, and highly refined powder. Sugar casters were designed to dispense powdered sugar onto fruits, pastries, and other desserts. They first appeared in France during the second half of the […]

Snuffer Tray

Snuff is the charred portion of a candlewick. A snuffer is an instrument resembling a pair of shears that is used for cutting the snuff from or for extinguishing candles. When not in use, snuffers rest upon a snuffer tray.


What does the date 1742/43 mean? Since around the year 1300, each piece of English silver has been stamped with a series of marks indicating the quality of its metal. Beginning in 1478, the date letter was added to the series as a means of identifying the assay master responsible for testing the article for […]