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Caster

Caster

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Large, clipped-corner square, pear-shaped caster engraved "T / B*E" in shaded roman letters above the astragal bead at midbody. Conforming, double-stepped pedestal base and high-domed, perforated, friction-fit cover. Cover is topped by a bell-and-compressed-ball finial and pierced with stylized fleur-de-lis and rosettes composed of French curves, arrow shapes and small circles. Side opposite engraved initials is struck with four effaced hallmarks, "LAC" in raised serif letters in a rectangle, a lion passant facing left in a scalloped-top and-bottom shield, a crowned leopard's head in scalloped-top, rounded shield, and the raised roman date letter "u" in clipped-corner pointed shield. Underside of rounded bottom is overstruck "CRICHTON BROS / LONDON NEW YORK / & CHICAGO / R\D 631976" and lightly incised "164 (154) MT/w / A23".
Maker is Crichton Bros., dealers in antique silver and retail silversmiths. The firm was established in London by Lionel Alfred Crichton (1866-1938) and Philip Alexander Solomon Phillips (1867-1934) in 1889, opened branches in New York in 1909 and Chicago in 1913, and closed circa 1940s or 1950s.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
caster
date made
1915
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 7 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in; 19.685 cm x 6.985 cm x 6.985 cm
ID Number
DL.316497.0010
catalog number
316497.0010
accession number
316497
Credit Line
Gift of Blanche Elliot King
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Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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