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Sugar caster: C.153-1975

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Current Location: In storage


Glasshouse: Unknown




Thick lead glass, with shallow cutting and pierced silver cap. The pear-shaped caster is supported on a depressed beaded knop on a circular foot. The lower part of the caster is decorated with two and a half rows of shallow diamonds above which are eight tapering vertical depressions, each with four horizontal facets. The knop has eight beads, and the heavy foot has eight facets round its edge. The unmarked domed silver cover is pierced by numerous small circular holes forming a curved T-shape and three semi-circular areas each pierced by four holes.


History note: Ivan Napier Collection

Legal notes

Given by Miss E.H. Bolitho through the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 15 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1975) by Bolitho, E.H., Miss


Mid-18th Century
Production date: circa AD 1750


Label text from the exhibition ‘Feast and Fast: The Art of Food in Europe, 1500–1800’, on display at The Fitzwilliam Museum from 26 November 2019 until 31 August 2020: Sugar caster with cap. England, c.1750. Caster: lead glass Cap: silver

Components of the work

Cap composed of silver

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: small circular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: B 106
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.153-1975
Primary reference Number: 27168
Old object number: B.106
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 24 November 2020 Last processed: Monday 21 November 2022

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

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