Urquhart Sugar Caster

Urquhart Sugar Caster , c. 1725

George Robertson

Silversmith:George Robertson
Aberdeen, Scotland, active 1710 - 1727

silver

George Robertson was one of Aberdeen's leading silversmiths in the early 18th century. He started work as an apprentice in 1696 and became a Goldsmith Burgess 12 years later.

Castors were used for sprinkling spices, sugar and other condiments and generally came in sets of three. This particular castor is for sugar, as indicated by the large size of the holes on the cover. The quality of the piercing and fit of the lid is the most important feature of a castor. From 1770 onwards castors lost their popularity in favour of sugar bowls. This castor is engraved with the crest and motto of the Urquhart family.


Purchased in 1985 with assistance from the National Fund for Acquisitions.
Out of copyright
Overall (Height x Diameter): 183 × 80mm Base (Diameter): 68mm Weight: 306850gm
Acc. No. ABDAG001380

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