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 Chinese dinner set, decorated with florals, sacred bats, sacred objects, in polychrome on a white ground with gilded embellishment, comprising six dinner plates, four luncheon plates, 12 side plates, an ashette, a large lidded tureen, four serving bowls,
An early 20th century Yok Sang Chinese silver lidded preserve pot, cylindrical form, flared base, the domed lid and body with encircling engraved dragon decoration, spoon fitting to reverse, impressed marks, the clear glass liner possibly later. 170gms wit
A Chinese export ware dinner service, Republic period (1912-1949), consisting of a teapot, sugar, creamer, dessert plates, dinner plate, teacups, entree plates, the hand painted set is decorated with roosters, stamped china to base, some chips to teapot sp
Chinese export Kangxi-style blue and white partial dinner service, 19th century, including: seven dinner plates, fourteen side plates, two large plates, four deep plates, eight soup plates, one tureen, three graduated oval platters, one gravy boat, one spo
Late 19th century Chinese silver export ware three piece tea service, circular shape with dragon handles finials and body decoration (teapot hinge detached, sugar bowl lid with splitting, two pieces marked to the base. Provenance: from the collection of Su
A Chinese pottery tall vase of unusual shape, decorated with geometric designs. A crackled long Quan celadon glaze. Iron red foot. Evidence of salt water immersion with oyster shells attached. Height 32 cm
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