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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Royal Worcester 'Princess Anne' dinner setting for twelve comprising twelve dinner plates, twelve salad plates, twelve trios (one cup missing), three tureens, one slops plate, one large platter, one smaller platter, one creamer & one sugar bowl
An eghty one piece Royal Worcester dinner service, 1994-2009, production era, 'Prince Regent' pattern, an unused and elegant place setting for twelve with cobalt and burgundy borders with gold flowers including: dinner, entree, bread and butter plates, rim
Royal Worcester 'Roanoke' dinner setting for six persons comprising six dinner plates, six entree plates, six cup saucer plate sets, six two handled soup bowls & saucers, six demitasse cups & saucers, six kidney shaped dishes, a sugar bowl,
A Royal Worcester four piece Aesthetic movement porcelain tea set, date code: 1889, all with black ground overlaid with flowers, foliage, and butterflies, handles formed as lizards, comprising a teapot, covered sugar, creamer, and a cup and saucer.
An Eighty nine piece Royal Worcester dinner service, 1958-2001 period of manufacture, 'Viceroy gold' pattern, the white service for eight simply embellished with a gold rim and borders, comprising: dinner, entree, side plates, sweet bowls, bouillon and tea
A Royal Worcester dinner service, Windsor pattern, with neo-classical decoration. The service comprises six dinner plates (10.5 cm diameter), six entree plates (9.25 cm diameter), six dinner plates (8.00 cm diameter), six salad plates, six side plates, six
A fine Royal Worcester creamer and sugar bowl, second half 20th century, both pieces with gadrooned edges in gilt and finely burnished interiors, with handpainted fruit studies, the waisted creamer with a wide pouring spout with apples and bramble berries,
An eight place setting of Royal Worcester 'Evesham' tableware, comprising: eight dinner plates, luncheon plates, side plates, dessert bowls, fruit dishes, ramekins; along with a three piece tea set, eight cups and saucers, sauce and gravy boats, salt and p
A Royal Worcester reticulated porcelain tea set, circa 1880, comprising a teapot, a cream jug, a covered sugar basin, a plate and a cup and saucer, each with honeycomb reticulation, painted in colours of turquoise, red and pink with raised jewelled decorat
A Royal Worcester dinner service, pattern 'Gold Chantilly', consisting of - fourteen dinner plates, eighteen small soup bowls, twenty dessert bowls, two sugar bowls, twelve coffee cups and saucers, twelve tea cups and saucers, two milk jug, two meat dishes
Very good Royal Worcester coffee set, in the 18th century style with yellow scale ground and hand painted bird & insect decoration. Signed my various artists including Freeman. Comprising coffee pot, lidded sugar, sparrow beak jug, six each coffee cups & s
A Royal Worcester porcelain coffee set, circa 1864, comprising a lobed rectangular tray, a coffee pot, a lidded sugar bowl with cover, a milk jug and two cups with saucers, each individually painted with birds and floral sprays edged with turquoise and gil
Royal Worcester large collection of 'Evesham' dinner wares comprising of twelve main plates, nine entr?e plates, seventeen side plates, fourteen bread and butter plates, eight dessert bowls, ten cereal bowls, six soup bowls, twelve tea cups and saucers, fo
A set of Royal Worcester, Evesham, serving dishes and tea ware, comprising; nine tureens and eight covers various sizes, four oval platters, four pie crust form circular platters various sizes, four serving platters, a cake stand, gravy boat and dish, egg
A Royal Worcester 'Royal garden' ten setting dinner service, comprising of an oval ashette, 11 large dinner plates, 10 smaller dinner plates, an oval sauceboat on saucer dish, two handled tureens with covers, 10 entree dishes, 10 soup plates, 10 handled ra
Two Royal Worcester shell form small dishes one as a table salt in the form of a merchild supporting a large oyster shell, the other as a sweets dish in the form of a classical dolphin, its tail tapering into a clam shell. Green marks
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