Victorian silver owl pepper caster

Victorian silver owl pepper caster

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Antique Victorian era silver pepper caster in the form of an owl. This charming silver owl has glass eyes inset and a hand pierced head to dispense the pepper. His extended tail feathers give him more stability.

Known as the king of spices, pepper is one of the oldest and most popular spices in the world as well as the most widely traded. Pepper was so valuable that in ancient Greece and Rome it was used as currency, and during the Middle Ages peppercorns were accepted in lieu of money for dowries, rent and taxes.
 
In past centuries, noble and wealthy families able to afford pepper would present it in silver pepper pots or pepperettes, in a host of novelty designs, to beautify their table and impress their guests.

Dimensions:

Height 92 mm / 3 "
Weight 65 g (2.09 troy ozs)
Year

1867

Place

Birmingham

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