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One of a set of three casters: M.37.1 & A-1961

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Current Location: In storage


One of a set of three casters


Silversmith: Bullen, Nathanial (Probably)




Silver; cylindrical body with gadroon edged base, and bayonet fitting high domed cover

Silver; the cylindrical body has an applied moulded girdle two thirds of the way down the sides and at the base, just above the embossed garooned spreading circular foot. The cover is attached to the body with a bayonet fitting. The almost straight sides of the high dome are pierced with dots and scrolls in a pattern of stylised flowers. The flattish top has two bands of embossed gadroon decoration round the central ball finial. A later crest is engraved on the side. (with M.37B-1961 and M.37C-1961)


History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

Louis C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Weight: 305 g
Weight: 9 : 16 oz : dwt

Place(s) associated

  • Chester ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1961-04-27) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


18th Century, Early#
Queen Anne
Circa 1703 CE - 1704 CE


The mark is illegible but the rectangular punch suggests Nathaniel Bullen, who is currently the only known maker of the early 18th century whose mark was in a cartouche of this shape.

Components of the work

Plug composed of plaster ( inserted 1962)
Across Base Diameter 7.6 cm Diameter 3 in
To Top Of Finial Height 17.8 cm Height 7 in
Bayonet Fittings

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: PLASTER PLUG INSERTED 8.3.1962
  • Location: On the underside of the base
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: illegible

  • Location: On the side, beneath the rim
  • Type: Maker's mark

Inscription present: a shield shaped cartouche containing on the dexter three lions, on the sinister a wheatsheaf

  • Location: On the side, beneath the rim
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark

Inscription present: Britannia

  • Location: On the side, beneath the rim
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark

Inscription present: lion's head erased

  • Location: On the side, beneath the rim
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark
  • Text: C
  • Location: On the side, beneath the rim
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Date letter

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.37.1 & A-1961
Primary reference Number: 133665
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 5 December 2018 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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