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Pepper castor: C.561-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Factory: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




White stoneware, moulded with decoration in relief, pierced, and salt-glazed

White stoneware, moulded, the cover pierced, and salt-glazed. The caster has a bulbous body with a long neck and a spreading foot. The domed cover is perforated with a large group of holes forming a lozenge-shape in the centre, and four groups of six holes forming triangles round the edges. The sides are decorated with panels of two different trellis patterns one above the other, and with a band of wickerwork round the top. There are bands of shallow gadrooning round the foot and edge of the cover. There is a circular hole in the bottom for filling.


History note: Mr Jolley, Cambridge, from whom purchased for £6.10s. on 6 October 1917, Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.8 cm
Width: 5.9 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


18th Century, third quarter#
George II
George III
Circa 1755 CE - 1770 CE


The form echoes the elongated pear-shaped forms of pewter and silver casters

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Components of the work

Surface composed of salt-glaze
Foot Width 5.5 cm

Materials used in production

White stoneware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : White stoneware, moulded, the cover pierced, and salt-glazed

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label with two black lines round the left top and right edges

  • Text: No 3741/White saltglaze/pepper caster/(diaper patterns)/b. ion Cambridge/Oct 6 1917
  • Location: On underside of base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.561-1928
Primary reference Number: 75526
Old object number: 3741
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 April 2022 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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