Very uncommon English silverplate muffineer, sugar caster or pepper caster (pepper shaker) by Lanson Ltd. of Birmingham, England. Pristine condition outside and very, very clean inside, with no scratches, dings, dents or silver wear or loss. (c. 1933-1961) Elegant yet simple in its design.
Sugar castor or sugar caster is the name of a very fine sugar in Britain, so named because the grains are small enough to fit though a sugar "caster" or sprinkler. It is sold as "superfine" sugar in the United States. Because of its fineness, it dissolves more quickly than regular white sugar, and so is especially useful in meringues and cold liquids. It is not as fine as confectioner’s sugar, which has been crushed mechanically (and generally mixed with a little starch to keep it from clumping).
We could find little information about Lanson Ltd. other than the fact that they were located at the St Dunstan Works, Pemberton Street, Birmingham, England and operated from 1933-1961.
Muffineer, Sugar Casters or Pepper Casters were made from the late 17th century, frequently in sets of three, with one large and two smaller casters. The larger caster was used for sugar, the smaller ones for salt & pepper. Small casters which have a design engraved on the cover, but are not pierced, are occasionally seen. Casters diminished in popularity towards the end of the 18th century, when they were replaced by cruets. Single casters are desirable, but sets command a premium price. Earlier casters were often made single.
This silver plate pepper caster measures 6-7/8" tall, approximately 3" in diameter around the widest part and weighs 4.5 ounces. Touchmarked on the base with E.P.N.S., L. Ltd., and MADE IN ENGLAND.
A2547 - LANSON LTD. Silverplate Muffineer Sugar Caster Pepper Shaker