An antique sugar caster by Richards and Brown,

London, 1865


modelled as an owl with chased feathers and claws, mounted with deep orange glass eyes, the interior gilded with a series of discreet pierced holes on the head to allow the sugar to be poured.

The caster stands at a height which is the life size of some of the smaller British owl species, such as the Little Owl.

Height: 17.5cm

George John Richards is registered as early as 1845 as a working silversmith. In 1853, he is registered at 20 Red Lion Street, Clerkenwell and it is at this address that he was joined by Edward Charles Brown circa 1857.

Whilst smaller comparable owl shaped pepperettes and mustard pots from this period can be found, a sugar caster on this scale is very unusual and rare.