James Foster (1786-1853), of Stourton Castle, was partner in the iron manufacturing company, John Bradley & Co., Stourbridge and in the firm Foster, Rastrick and Co., which engaged in product design, as well as furnace, sugar mill and steam locomotive manufacture.
Foster's accumulation of wealth through the iron industry is a fine example of the entrepeneurial model during England's Industrial Revolution. Foster's assets were comprised of even parts landed estates and collieries or foundries that employed many such clerks and agents of the kind that would have commissioned this presentation candelabrum.
(See Ed. Roy Church, The Dynamics of Victorian Business, Problems and Perspectives to the 1870s, 1980, pp. 38-39.)