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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Wedgwood Jasperware tricolour tete-a-tete comprising a teapot, lidded sugar bowl, cream jug & two cup saucers of octagonal form, with green cameos, after the 19th century originals in a limited edition of 100, with original box. Condition excellent to good
Wedgwood 'Garden' dinner setting for eight persons by Eric Ravilious comprising twelve main plates, eight cup saucer plate sets having four extra plates, five shallow bowls, six entree plates, three side plates, two vegetable tureens (one with lid)
Wedgwood 'Mirabelle' dinner setting for ten persons comprising ten main plates, ten entree plates, ten cup saucer plate sets, fourteen dessert bowls, teapot, sugar bowl, cream jug, oval platter, lidded vegetable tureen & a gravy boat & sauc
A Wedgwood fifty four piece 'Spring Morning' dinner service, 1964, pattern introduced, a complete service for six people, comprising: soup coupes with saucers, teacups and saucers, dinner, entree, side plates and bowls; with a teapot, milk jug or c
A thirteen piece Wedgwood 'Glen Mist' part tea or breakfast set by Susie Cooper design, 1972, pattern introduced, comprising: two cups and three saucers, three side plates, a cereal bowl, teapot, sugar bowl, creamer, and a small plate; backstamps u
Wedgwood, terracotta four piece tea set, 19th century, polychrome decorated with floral sprigs and sprays, comprising teapot, coffee pot, covered sugar bowl and cream jug, impressed Wedgwood marks to undersides (4), approx. Height 21.5 cm
A Sixty seven piece Wedgwood 'Kingston' dinner service 1981-1987, production period, pattern 4677, comprising: nine dinner plates, seven entree plates, seven soup coupes and six saucers, eight side plates and eight dessert bowls, seven cups and sau
A good Sixty two piece Royal Tuscan 'Sovereign' setting and eleven complementary Wedgwood 'California' bowls, later 20th century, Wedgwood pattern W4377, the elegant cream white settings with simple gold borders comprising: twelve dinner pl
A twenty seven piece Wedgwood 'Cornpoppy' tea service, 1972-1987, period of production, designer, Susie Cooper, the setting with a bold red poppy upon a cream ground, comprising eight cups, associated saucers and side plates, with large cake plate,
Wedgwood 'Medici' dinner setting for six persons comprising six dinner plates, six side plates, six dessert bowls, six two handled soup coupes & saucers, six cup, saucer, plate sets, six coffee cups & saucers, oval meat platter, two oval ve
Wedgwood 'Chester' dinner service comprising seven main plates, six side plates, seven cup, saucer, plate sets, seven dessert bowls, a two handled lidded soup tureen, sugar bowl & creamer. condition good, minor age related wear
A Stonehenge Midwinter series 'Sun' dinner set, comprising six dinner plates, five side plates, twelve cups & saucers, fourteen soup coupes, two graduated jugs, one canister, salt & pepper. From the Wedgwood group.
Wedgwood Majolica Dejeuner tea set consisting of a teapot, milk jug, covered sugar bowl, two tea cups & saucers. The two cups & teapot with inside green glaze, alternating ochre, yellow panels & with a green ground, cauliflower finials to the teapot & suga
A 148 piece, 12 place Wedgwood bone china dinner service, Avon pattern, hand-coloured with passion vine and other flowers, printed Portland vase mark, numbered W3983; comprising: 11 dinner plates, 12 luncheon plates, 12 side plates, 12 soup coupes, 12 dess
A group of fourteen Wedgwood Etruria Tablewares, 1922, 'Floral' design, with a US patent, a mixed group including a large moulded meat platter, two further platters, two bowls, and dinner plates, shallow bowls, soup bowls for two and three salt and pepper
A Wedgwood 'Columbia' dinner service comprising; 6 x dinner plates, 8 x side plates, 4 x bread plates, 4 x teacups, 2 x saucers, 8 x soup bowls with saucers, teapot, sugar bowl and cream jug, gravy boat serving platter and tureen cover tea pot and sugar co
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