|The Easter Bunny is a confusing and quaint character. Image via.|
In my home as a child I would wake up and gather up the chocolate hidden in all corners of the house. It was not uncommon for my family to be finding marshmallow, jelly beans and candy eggs I’d somehow missed, far into summer. I truly believed the Easter Bunny was an excellent hider.
The power of chocolate and all things sweet is proven by the fact that, rather than being disturbed that a six foot bunny had been roaming my house while I slept, I instead focused on the final reward.
Of course, I am not alone in my love of sweet things. We have been sweetening things up since long before I came along.
This brings me to the object I have been considering today; the sugar caster.
|A pair of sterling silver casters from 1923 and 1925. Click here to view on our website.|
With the import of this new product from the West Indies came the need to design a vessel suitable for dispensing it in a convenient way. Although sugar was used in baking and confectionary it was also being shaken over food as well.
|A Victorian sterling silver caster from our sister shop, David Shure. Click here to view on their website.|
Most antique sterling silver casters were made in a cylinder shape with a removable pierced lid. Through these pierced holes you were able to cast sugar more easily over your food.
These silver casters would be found with a domed lid and were often referred to as a lighthouse shape. Through the 18th century the baluster shape with a pedestal base became popular. Though examples are found in square or octagonal shapes, they are relatively rare.
|A simple 'push'-fitting lid.|
Because of their attractive style, the sugar caster has become a popular collection piece. Often purchased as a gift for weddings and anniversaries, the appeal of these silver sugar casters lies in the fact that although extremely charming, they are also functional. A sweet way to add some glamour to your table.
So, however you serve up your sweet offerings this weekend, I wish you all a Happy Easter.
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