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...
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An Australian silver and gilt surprise egg by Terry County, Melbourne, 7 cm high

19th century Portuguese silver pedestal box and, cover, of egg form, decorated with twin dove finial, above egg shaped body, with gilt interior, on oval stand, with engraving, l 16 cm

A George IV silver egg cruet, William Burwash, London 1820, the spoons, William Eley & William Fearn, London 1822, 21 cm high

A George III silver sugar bowl, Paul Storr, London, 1810, circular with a narrow egg and dart rim, gadrooned shoulders, twisted serpent handles, gilded interior, lobed banding to lower body and circular foot, 636 gms, 21 cm wide over handles

A set of four W J Sanders Australian sterling silver egg cups, one unmarked, Wt 131 g

A Stuart Devlin sterling silver and gilt egg, 1983 London, with maker's initials S.D, a small egg decorated throughout with a modernist textural design in raised silver upon a gilt base; hallmarked to broader end; probably a hanging decoration, now as

A Stuart Devlin sterling silver and gilt egg with rabbit, 1973 London, with maker's mark SD, a gilded textured egg with a pull off top revealing a sterling silver rabbit with a floppy ear; hallmarked underside to egg and in a presentation box, total weight

Sterling silver Rangoon Battalion egg cup engraved AFI June 1932 J.Aganoor London hallmarks 1932 with sterling silver teaspoon the old Curiosity shop total weight 51grams (2)

A matching sterling silver creamer and sugar bowl. First half 20th century, with maker's marks for William Drummond & Co. The elegant ovoid creamer and bowl each with a broad waisted neck and a narrow egg and dart border, raised upon a footed base

A sterling silver George III Irish coffee jug on stand 1815-1817 Dublin, with maker's marks for William Nowlan. A fine and distinctive ovoid jug with a domed lid and cast griffin head finial, with egg and dart decoration to the rim, reeded to the collar an

A French.950 silver boxed egg cup and spoon set. Early 20th century, retailed through E Focheaux, Boulogne-sur-Mer; mark of fineness. Atraditionally styled pedestal egg cup with a simple thread and bow motif below the rim, and an elegant spoon, with a fine

German sterling silver vase by Christoph Widman of egg form on a slender trumpet base with a square plinth. Vine festoons stretch between the triangular masks, the Dionysian motif of which relates to the vines. Handles formed like snakes grow out of the ma

An Indian silver pepperette and a sterling silver creamer, late 19th century, pepperette; 1909 Birmingham, with maker's mark for Joseph Gloster Ltd, creamer, the egg form pepperette with tripod bird claw feet, with Eastern styled flora and scrolls on a

Sterling silver egg cup and spoon (presentation boxed set)

Two Australian silver egg cups, one Fairfax & Roberts, the other EC. (2)

A Colonial silver testimonial centerpiece, attributed to William Kerr, circa 1889 formed as an emu egg supported on two slender entwined fern trees, on a naturalistic rockwork modelled base with applied ferns, bird, kangaroo and mining rig, supported on fo

The circus of Saturn, by Phil Mason, the mounted emu egg cup and cover with faceted moonstone, in sterling silver and 18ct gold, 16 cm in height

Hallmarked sterling silver Queen Elizabeth II commemorative covered gilded egg. Birm. 1977, makers FM. (with internal blossom & leaf form.) Estate late Douglas Osborne Hawke. Height 8 cm. W184g

Sterling silver egg cup from SS Macedonia, together with a sterling silver salt

An uncommon late George III silver egg cruet, the six egg cups of plain oval pedestal form with gadroon top rims matching the open rectangular frame with rounded corners, highlighted with shell and scroll detail, raised on four scroll and shell decorated p

Stuart Devlin, London 1985 silver gilt egg with textured exterior surface and polished band, opening to reveal a fisherman with a marlin on a line, set on green enamel base, hallmarked, number 143, weight 115 grams, height enclosed 7 cm

A pair of sterling silver sauce boats and condiment pots, 1919 Birmingham, with maker's marks for E S Barnsley & Co, a pair of elegant sauce boats of broad plain form with a small oval foot, egg and dart beading to the edge and having ear shaped handles, h

A Victorian silver egg cup, engraved, on square foot, with china 'Egg-shell' liner by J.Macintyre & Co. Hilliard & Thomason, Birmingham 1894

English hallmarked sterling Edwardian silver baby feeder in the form of a chick hatching from an egg. Some denting. Chester, 1906, maker Sampson Mordan & Co Ltd

Elizabeth II hallmarked silver egg & spoon set, in original box, Birmingham 1938/39

Edwardian sterling silver egg cruet with four each, egg cups and spoons

Stuart Devlin, Silver Gilt Surprise, London modelled in the form of an with a egg enclosing bird cage and two love birds

Austrian silver gilt batchelor flat Ware suite all with Dianna head Hallmarks and makers mark Bf and retailed by Vinzenz Meyers Sohne with scrolling floral desging and Av monogram with Crown, suite for one includes; cup, egg cup, serving spoon, marrow spoo

A George III silver teapot of rounded rectangular form, the bulbous ribbed body raised on four ball feet, egg and dart top rim, ivory finial to the hinged lid. London 1810 by J.W. Story & W. Elliott. Weight 644gms

A cased sterling silver gilt egg cup with gilt bowl spoon. Marks Chester 1911

English gilt silver decorative egg, with silver feet and presentation box.

A German boxed silver egg set retailed by Adolf Koenigsberger, Jewellery and Clocks, Berlin comprising an egg cup with a serrated edge on dished foot, a napkin ring with gilt-washed interior, and a spoon, each piece engraved 'K├Ąthe Helga' (or vice versa),

Gundorf Albertus, 'Cactus' egg cup and spoon, stainless steel egg cup with stainless steel and sterling silver spoon, egg cup stamped Georg Jensen stainless, model 9