Antique Silver Condiment Set

Date: 1835

Maker: Charles Reily And George Storer

Country: England

Stock Number: 9264

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.

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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