Magic Dinner Caster
Silver objects had long been cherished as status symbols because they were made out of the same silver that was used for coinage. By the mid-nineteenth century, the new technology of electroplating provided the appearance of silver at a fraction of the cost.
The Industrial Revolution created a fascination with novelty objects made for the middle class, such as the “magic caster,” patented by Edward Gleason in 1856. The turn of a knob rotates the niches to reveal bottles for condiments such as mustard, ketchup, and pepper.
Silverplate, colorless glass
Patented December 1, 1857
17 x 9 1/8 x 9 1/8 in. (43.2 x 23.2 x 23.2 cm)
4 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (11.4 x 3.8 cm)
embossed on one of six panels: "PATENTED DEC. 1 1857"
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H. Randolph Lever Fund
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