Of octagonal form with moulded stepped bases, each with an "s" scroll strap handle and with thread and fluted edges. The pull-off tops separate immediately below the applied fluted girdles and the domed upper parts pierced with pales, circles and stylized fleurs de lis. The 1717 example with an extra band of pierced circles around the small baluster finial and engraved with contemporary initials G over R.E, the 1718 pepper with a small and later added inner sleeve to control excessive amounts of pepper emerging and engraved with initials D over I.E.
The Bibby Collection
These elegant peppers are slightly larger than average and being octagonal are far rarer than the more usual cylindrical types. They have excellent marks and each is engraved with contemporary initials. An almost identical pepper is illustrated in Commander G.E.P. How, Notes on Antique Silver, 1944-45, Chapter 4, page 23, dated 1716 (the maker is not recorded). His footnote to the lot is interesting reading: "Very few indeed have appeared at auction in London.....and I would not be in the least surprised to see a good example go up to £150 or more under the hammer today; there simply are not enough to supply all the wealthy collectors who would like to own them."