Caster Set

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

1857-1871

GUSN

GUSN-50425

Description

Table caster, made of silver with glass bottles inside.

Details

Descriptive Terms

casters (vessels)
silver (metal)
Vessel, Condiment
Caster
Caster

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.

Maker

Roswell Gleason and Sons (Maker)

Dimensions

17 x 9 x 8 7/8 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Museum Purchase with funds provided by Shreve, Crump & Low

Accession Number

1984.480

Places

Massachusetts (United States)
Dorchester (Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts) [neighborhood]