5-Bottle Cut Glass Cruet Set on Stand.
Victorian cruet set on silver plated stand with pierced work decoration and acanthus-leaved handle. The maker’s mark is James Dixon & Sons, Sheffield, England in the period circa 1869-circa 1879. This set has that rarity - a cruet set with all the original matching bottles and stoppers. Bottles are cut-glass with cross and dot design. The stand has ball and claw feet, and pierced high sides. One of the glass-stoppered bottles (the oil) once had a glass “dipper” spoon on the end of the stopper, but this is now absent. The two metal-topped bottles have silver plated lids, which are now evenly worn to a faint brass glow (these two are for mustard, and either pepper or salt). The other bottles would have been for oil, vinegar and sauce. Tallest two bottles measure 22cm high each and 4.5 cm diameter. Smaller is 19cm by 3.5 cm. The salt or pepper is 16cm by 4.25cm and the mustard is 13 cm by 4.25cm. The stand measures approx. 10.5 cm high, and is oval: 16.5cm by 13cm. It has some salts marks on the bottle divider and base, and some gentle wear to the external plating, giving a little of that faint glow. Handle is detachable. All in all, a very lovely set with great age. Equally at home on today’s dinner table.
ITEM REF: E11207
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