9264. Antique Silver Condiment Set - Price £950

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A handsome antique sterling silver cruet with a set of 8 matching bottles. Heavy cut crystal. All original. The rectangular frame has splay feet and a decorative border. The salt and mustard pots have sterling silver tops with pretty acorn finials and the oil and vinegar bottles have cut glass stoppers. Height to top of handle 23 cms, base 24 x 7 cms. All silver pieces London 1835. Maker Reily & Storer.

Biography - The Reily Family of silversmiths.John Reily, no record of apprenticeship or freedom, first mark entered as smallworker 1799 in partnership with Mary Hyde, his future wife. Second mark, alone, 1801. 3rd mark 1802. 4th mark, 2 sizes, 1805. 5th mark 1826. Died 1816.Charles Reily, son of John Reily, no record of apprenticeship or freedom, first mark entered as smallworker, in partnership with his mother Mary Reily, 1826. 2nd mark entered as plateworker, in partnership with George Storer, 1829. 3rd mark, 2 sizes, 1840. Their later marks are found mainly on fine quality snuff boxes and other small pieces.

Condition - This useful condiment set is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. The glass is all original and in good order. The silver pieces are all matching and stamped with a full set of English silver hallmarks. All original and fully functional. We’ve included a sterling silver mustard spoon London 1898.
Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

Literature - The earliest cruet frames contained 3 castors and 2 glass bottles and are not found before 1700. Even rarer at this early date is the two bottle oil and vinegar frame although this form is more frequently found on the continent. Later in the 18th century the number of bottles in a cruet increased to as many as 8 or 10 and these would have contained a variety of sauces of the period such as soy, ketchup, tarragon etc and they may have had little sauce labels to identify the contents.

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