So very rare to find cruet sets in good condition from 1800-1813! This one has a sterling silver stand made by Rebecca Eames & Edward Barnard; very well known silver crafters from this period, for excellent quality and table ware sets in particular. The female silversmiths are also quite rare; so much so that their pieces are somewhat over represented at Sothebys. The stand is dated 1812-1813. It bears royal crest marks in the center top of the stand. The stand is beautifully made of heavy sterling silver with gadrooned edges at the base, four paw feet, shell and foliate designs. The cruets are dated earlier; 1800-1801. They all have matching wheel cut glass and sterling silver tops. The silver spouts match, as do the handles. Design here is simple, with modest decoration. The maker's marks are rubbed; so it is not known if they were made by Eames and Barnard. The bottles and jar all fit perfectly into the stand. One of the cruets has a very early repair; a sterling silver bottom in place where the crystal evidently broke, a hairline crack and the handle has been soldered. The cruet holds fluid perfectly, so it's function is in no way compromised. The stopper tops are in good condition, an ocasional nick, only one large enough to show in a picture. There are light signs of usage on the glass, and set overall.
Dimensions: the stand is 7 1/2" high, 7 1/2" wide and 5 1/2" deep; it weighs 15 ounces! The cruet bottles are all different sizes. One is 7 1/4" high, 2" diameter and 2 3/4" at the widest (spout to handle). Two is 7" high, same diameter and maximum width. Three is 6" high, 1 6/8" wide and 1 1/2" diameter. The silver topped jar is of ovoid shape. It is 4 3/4" high, 2 1/2" by 1 3/4" and 3 1/4" at the widest. The spoon is definitely by a different maker, William Gale & Son. So it is doubtless not part of the original set. It also has a monogram on it: V.S.B.
We are certainly pleased to bring you such a fabulous cruet set over two hundred years old and still an object of great beauty and utility!