Help with Date & Item (SECOND ATTEMPT)

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G Lo
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Help with Date & Item (SECOND ATTEMPT)

Postby G Lo » Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:08 pm

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New here, so I apologize if I don't follow protocol completely. (I already messed up once trying to post...the images didn't show!)

I found these items while cleaning out my mother's house after selling it. I believe I have identified the marks as indicating Miller Brothers and Birmingham. Is that correct? Can anyone tell me the year? Also, does anyone know what the heck these things are? The tops come off if that helps. :-)

Thank you in advance for the help!

AG2012
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Re: Help with Date & Item (SECOND ATTEMPT)

Postby AG2012 » Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:08 pm

Hi,
Depends on size;Salt & Pepper Shakers if small, if taller could be sugar castors (less probably).
Miller Brothers are the makers but M Bros was also used by another firm as far as I can tell.
The year is 1902.
I`m sure there will be responses by people more familiar with Birmingham silver.
regards

G Lo
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Re: Help with Date & Item (SECOND ATTEMPT)

Postby G Lo » Fri Jan 25, 2019 12:04 am

Thank you, AG2012. They are 3 1/4" tall, so not unreasonable that they are salt & pepper shakers (I had thought that as a possibility), though the holes seems maybe a little too large for that. Is it possible they were intended to hold some kind of potpourri or something similar?

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Re: Help with Date & Item (SECOND ATTEMPT)

Postby spobby » Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:59 pm

Casters* of that size and of that period would normally be used for spices, e.g. pepper/cinnamon/ground nutmeg etc., and would have been part of a set of casters leading up to the larger sugar caster.
I would suggest that salt would only be served from glass lined or gilt silver bowl.
Just an opinion
Best
John L

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Re: Help with Date & Item (SECOND ATTEMPT)

Postby G Lo » Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:39 pm

Thank you, John L. Very helpful.


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