A handsome antique sterling silver cruet set with a matching set of 3 silver casters and 2 silver and faceted crystal oil and vinegar bottles. The cinquefoil frame has 4 shell feet and a shaped decorative cartouche to the front. Total weight of silver 1143 grams, 36.7 troy ounces. Caster height 16.5 and 13 cms. Bottles height 16.25 cms. London 1750/1. All by the same maker Jabez Daniel, who later worked with James Mince.
This superb antique silver condiment set is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. The frame has English silver hallmarks for London 1750 and the castors are all matching and hallmarked for London 1751. All pieces made by Jabez Daniel. The bottle tops are unmarked, which is normal for this time, one of the bottle tops fits snugly in the circular holders on the side of the frame, the other one falls through. The glass has that lovely Georgian colour which you don’t find today.
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.
The earliest cruet frames contained 3 castors and 2 glass bottles and are not found before 1700. This form is named the “Warwick” cruet after the cruet created by Anthony Nelme in 1715 for the Duke of Warwick. At this date occasionally one finds the two bottle oil and vinegar frame although this form is more usually found on the continent. Later in the 18th century the number of bottles could be 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.