Uncommon English silver plate sugar caster or pepper caster (pepper shaker) or muffineer by Lanson Ltd. of Birmingham, England. This English silver plate sugar caster is in pristine condition outside and very, very clean inside, with no scratches, dings, dents or silver wear or loss. (c. 1933-1961) Elegant yet simple design. (Please note that the pierced cap is a snug fit and does show some rub marks due to this.)
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).
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.
We could find very little information about Lanson Ltd. in our many silver reference books other than the fact that they were located at the St. Dunstan Works, Pemberton Street, Birmingham, England and were in operation from 1933-1961.
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.
A2548 - Vintage LANSON LTD. Silver Plate Muffineer Sugar Caster Pepper Shaker ENGLAND