George V silver sugar caster, with plain baluster body on a shaped circular moulded foliate foot, pull off cover pierced with scrolls and surmounted by a flame finial, Mappin & Webb, London 1927. Height 20 cm. Weight 230 grams
caster. A container with a perforated top used for sprinkling condiments such as sugar, pepper and nutmeg, usually in silver or pewter.
George V. George V (1865 – 1936) was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India, from 1910 until his death in 1936.
finial. An architectural decoration, found on the upper parts of of an object. On furniture they are usually found on pediments, canopies and shelf supports. On smaller ceramic or silver items they may decorate the top of the item itself, or the lid or cover where they provide a useful handle for removal.
Finials follow a variety of forms. They may be urn-shaped, baluster shaped round or spiral, but usually taper into an upper point. Many real life shapes may also be used as finials, such as pineapples, berries, pinecones, buds, lotus and acorns. Sometimes animals such as a lion are depicted, or fish and dolphins.
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