Staffordshire Charming Black and White China Muffineer Sugar Caster Circa 1950
This charming black and white china figure is a muffineer, made in Staffordshire, England around 1950. It's a great example of post-war modern design. A muffineer, also known as a sugar caster or sugar sifter, is used as a shaker to sprinkle sugar, spices, etc. on food, originally on muffins, hence its name. This large fellow with his wide grin reminiscent of today's "happy face," his bowler hat and his black suit is perched on a wall like Humpty Dumpty.
The top of his hat has seven large shaker holes while the boxy bottom holds the sugar or spice. It's filled from the very bottom, through a hole that retains its rubbery stopper and is marked with the words "Staffordshire England" printed in brown. There is some fine crazing to the glaze, but otherwise this muffineer is in excellent condition. It's 8 1/2 inches tall, has a rectangular base that is about 2 inches by 3 inches and it weighs 14 ounces. Figural sugar shakers are difficult to find, especially when they're in this condition--they were, after all, used at table. When this bloke is on your table, your tea and crumpets will always leave a smile on your face.