Learn about Cruet and Condiment and Sets

A cruet also known as a caster, is a small container to hold condiments such as oil, vinegar, mustard, pepper. Its shape and adornments will depend on the specific condiment for which it is designed. For example a cruet for liquids may have a jug-like shape, while a cruet for a spice may be cylindrical with a lid and perhaps a small spoon for serving.

Cruets were made in silver, silver plate, ceramic and glass, and sometimes a combination of two materials, usually as a glass body with a silver or silver plated top.

The earliest cruets, from the beginning of the 18th century were known as "Warwick cruets" after a cruet set made by Anthony Nelme in 1715 for the Duke of Warwick, and include three elaborately decorated and shaped matching silver casters, usually with one unpierced, which held powdered mustard, and the other two for oil and vinegar, combined in a stand with a handle enabling it to be passed between dinner guests. more...

Learn about Moorcroft

William Moorcroft was employed by Staffordshire pottery manufacturers James Macintyre & Co. Ltd. as a designer in 1897, and after a year he was responsible for the company's art pottery studio.

William Moorcroft created designs for the Macintyre's Aurelian Ware range of high-Victorian pottery, which had transfer-printed and enamelled decoration in bold red, blue and gold colours. He also developed the art nouveau-influenced Florian Ware which was decorated entirely by hand, with the design outlined in trailed slip using a technique known as tubelining. William Moorcroft's designs won him a gold medal at the St. Louis International Exhibition in 1904.

Each piece of pottery produced was personalised with Moorcroft's own signature or initials.

William Moorcroft and James Macintyre & Co. Ltd. split up in 1913 and Moorcroft founded his own factory nearby. Some finance came from the famous London store Liberty, and Liberty continued to exercise control over Moorcroft until 1962.

Moorcroft's reputation was further enhanced with the appointment of the Moorcroft company as Potter to HM The Queen in 1928. more...
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A William Moorcroft 'Freesia' salt glaze vase circa 1930 of baluster form the body decorated with freesia. Height 23 cm. Signed to base

A William Moorcroft salt glaze 'Fish' jug circa 1930 of baluster form the body decorated with three fish swimming amongst foliage and water lilies. Height 17.3 cm. Signed to base

Rare William Moorcroft salt glazed Anenome vase 16 cm high approx.

Moorcroft duck egg blue glaze sugar bowl & creamer having a white interior, with impressed 'Moorcroft Made in England' stamp to the base. Condition good, some crazing. Height of jug 8.8 cm

A vintage blue Moorcroft twenty piece part breakfast service, the mottled mid blue setting comprising four cups and associated saucers, three side plates, two teapots, two creamers, a toast rack, two egg cups and a salt and pepper pair, as found; with impr

Moorcroft 'Powder Blue' teapot, coffee trio, plus salt and pepper shakers

William Moorcroft tea service 'Pomegranate' pattern including teapot, cream jug, sugar bowl, six tea cups and saucers, signed to base 'Moorcroft', impressed to base 'Moorcroft' and 'Made in England'. Height 20 cm (teapot)

Moorcroft sugar gliders vase. Designed by Vicky Lovatt, 2008. Height 23 cm

A William Moorcroft pottery Pansy cream jug and sugar bowl first designed 1911. Signed with impressed factory marks. Jug height 7.8 cm bowl diameter 8.8 cm

Moorcroft pomegranate tea set, including jug, sugar, teapot, cup/saucer and teapot stand

Moorcroft powder blue coffee pot and six coffee cans with saucers and sugar bowl

A William Moorcroft teaset, pomegranate pattern consisting of a teapot, hot water pot, cream and sugar, the rims and lids in hand beaten pewter, handle of teapot with professional restoration. Impressed and signed marks to base

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