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Caster Set

1984.480 (RS32445)

Description

Table caster, made of silver with glass bottles inside.

Details

Label
"Cherished Possessions": This table caster held bottles containing salt, pepper, probably sugar, perhaps oil, vinegar, and catsup. Caster sets were popular between about 1840 and 1890, and most dining tables had a caster of some sort. Decorated with symbols of bounty, this one is a patented revolving design with doors that open and close simultaneously. Fundamentally useless extra steps like opening doors, turning the caster to reach the appropriate bottle, and then closing the doors again were considered the epitome of luxury.<br/>
Maker
Roswell Gleason and Sons (Maker)
Date
1857-1871
Material
silver (metal)
Object type
Food Service T&E; Serving Vessels
Places
Dorchester (Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts) [neighborhood]
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
Caster
casters (vessels)
silver (metal)
Vessel, Condiment
Accession Number
1984.480
Credit Line
Museum Purchase with funds provided by Shreve, Crump & Low
GUSN
50425

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