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...In the Victorian era with more elaborate dining settings, the number of condiments used during a meal increased, as did the number of containers in the cruet set, and some cruet sets contained up to six or eight containers, either arranged tw-by-two, or in a circular container. Glass bottles replaced the silver containers of the earlier era and the holders became simpler, sometimes being a metal frame attached to the base.
Completeness and originality is important when purchasing a cruet set, and missing containers, replaced containers and missing or chipped stoppers will depreciate the value of a cruet set.
Another type of cruet set is an egg cruet, typically consisting of four to eight egg cups in a stand, often with a spoon for each egg cup. These were mainly made in silver or silver plate, and occasionally ceramic. The egg cups may fit in rings, or over a stud on the base of the stand. Sometimes the interiors of the egg cups are gilded to prevent corrosion. The stands are either solid, or a framework with a handle.
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A Sheffield plate four bottle cruet set, 19th century, the cruet with a shaped gadroon edged base raised on scrolled feet, with four compartments for the facet and flute cut bottles all with mushroom stoppers, a central ornately cast carry handle; unmarked
A silver bowl and cover with a glass inset and a hinged cover. Together with a plated box and cover. Together with a plated sauceboat, sugar castor. A Sheffield plate muffin dish. Together with a Drummond & Co. Melbourne reproduction Sheffield plate. Toget
A late Victorian silver plated cruet set, circa 1880s, with three bottles and one pot each with chamfered corners, the bottles with waisted faceted necks, three pieces with silvered tops, one bottle with a faceted globe, enclosed in a long stand with a sha
A Victorian cruet set with a silver plated stand, the four bottle set, each piece of unusual knopped form and raised in a circular pedestal frame, pierced to hold the bottles, with a central stem and a decorative loop handle with foliate designs. Height 22
An Edwardian silverplate cruet set, Sheffield, early 20th century, with maker's mark for Walker & Hall, number 5956. a four piece set comprising two vinaigrettes with faceted stoppers, a pepper pot and a salt shaker, all of rectangular form with a diamond
A silver plate and glass cruet set, late 19th to early 20th century, a complete six bottle cut glass cruet set within a silver-plated stand with a pierced Prince of Wales feather-style gallery and upon four shell scroll feet, the central stem with a quatre
A Doulton Lamberth glazed stoneware three piece cruet set in silver plated mounts and stand, 1882. Decorated with leaves and beading comprising a salt, a pepper caster and a mustard pot, inscribed initials for Georgina burr, Alice Longhurst and Emma Shute,
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