9913
George II Silver Cruet Set

Date: 1751

Maker: Elizabeth Godfrey

Country: England

Stock Number: 9913

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A rare early English silver cruet with two bottles for oil and vinegar and a small silver castor or pepperette. Excellent weight and large size. The heavy cut crystal bottles have multi-faceted cut decoration, typical of the period. The silver frame has an acanthus scroll carrying handle and side supports for the bottle tops and pepperette. The top of the frame has a hand engraved armorial which matches those on the bottle tops.

Total weight of silver 955 grams, 30.7 troy ounces.

Height 23.5cm (overall), 20.7cm (bottle), 9.5cm (pepper). Base measures 19.3 x 16.3cm.

London 1751.

Maker Elizabeth Godfrey, a highly respected Huguenot lady silversmith.

Marks. Stamped underneath the stand with a full set of English silver hallmarks, the base of the pepper with maker and lion marks. 

Literature. The earliest antique silver Cruet frames, containing 3 castors and 2 glass bottles, were made from c.1700 onwards. At this early date the two bottle Oil and Vinegar frame was occasionally produced although these were more popular on the continent.

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