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The Green Tree: Highlights from the Collection of the Mutual Assurance Company of Philadelphia - April 2007
 
 
painting
 
Thomas Bamford
(British, active c. 1717–1773)
Pepper Caster, c. 1717
Silver, 5 7/8 inches high
Stamped on bottom: “BA” in rectangle
References: Garvan and Wojtowicz 1977, 92, illus.
RS 6358


This George I-style, octagonal-faceted, baluster-form silver caster was made in London around 1717 by Thomas Bamford as one of a set of three. Bamford opened his own shop on Guilter Lane in 1719 after completing his apprenticeship under Charles Adams. He was still active in 1773, when he worked on St. Clement’s Lane in the Strand.

This caster was acquired by the Mutual Assurance Company to match the one that had been made in Philadelphia by the Quaker silversmith Richard Humphreys that is discussed below (plate 80).


  


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