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Antique Meriden Silver Plated Cruet Set

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This charming Victorian silver plated cruet set was made by the Meriden Britannia Company between 1847-1898. The set is marked pattern number 42 and features six etched glass containers that sit upon a highly ornate silver plated caddy decorated in the Baroque style which sits upon a circular foot and terminates in a floral handle. There are six cruets, one for salt, one for pepper, one for sugar and three for oil and vinegar. All of the cruets are etched with a corn flower garland design. One of the vinegar cruets features a wonderful cut crystal stopper. The Meriden Britannia Company was formed in 1852 in Meriden, Connecticut. Meriden opened a store on Union Square in New York City in 1878. According to their catalog from that same year, the company won a first place medal at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the "Large variety of silver plated white metal hollow ware, of excellent quality and finish, and of tasteful designs." The English word cruet originates with the Old French crue meaning "earthen pot". However, some speculate that the early use of cruets was ecclesiastical, for example, Biblical use of a "cruse of oil," a jug or jar to hold liquid (I Kings 17:16). The culinary use of cruet sets were first introduced in the late 17th century by Cardinal Mazarin. The Cardinal always dined with a pair of salad cruets on his dining table at his home in France.

Details

  • Place of Origin
    United States, Connecticut
  • Date of Manufacture
    Late 19th Century
  • Period
  • Dimensions
    H 14 in. x Dm 9 in.H 35.56 cm x Dm 22.86 cm
  • Diameter
    9 in. (22.86 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Asheville, NC
  • Reference Number
    U1108118899210
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