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At AC Silver we have a well curated range of condiment and cruet sets to suit any style of home decor or personal taste. From Georgian sets to modern Art Deco collections, we are pleased to be able to offer our customers a fine array of tableware and dinnerware.


Condiment sets and cruet sets remain immensely popular, and are very practical pieces of antique silverware, whether purchased for everyday use or reserved for special occasions, these sets add an air of sophistication to any dinner table.


Andrew Campbell, using his 40 years’ experience within the antique industry, handpicks all antique silver condiment & cruet sets from sale.


All of the silver cruet sets at AC Silver come with free and insured worldwide shipping and a 14 day return policy.


antique condiment set

A cruet is a small container or indeed a set of containers for oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, or mustard which can be used at meal times.


It has been suggested that one of the first uses of a cruet was ecclesiastical. In fact, there is an example in the bible of a 'cruse of oil' (I Kings 17:16). It would seem that in this case the cruet was a jug that held liquid within it.


It was thought that the earliest known cruet set was crafted by Anthony Nelme in 1715 for the Earl of Warwick. Since, it has emerged that there were actually some silver cruets set from around 1707. However, it is the Earl's that is most famous. The cruet set itself consisted of five casters that were mounted on a frame. This set up became so popular that this type of set was termed the 'Warwick Cruet'.


It was in the 18th Century when condiment sets just seemed to increase in size. Cut glass and silver were the materials of choice for condiment sets. Different vessels were added around this time, such as: sugar casters, peppers, salts, stoppered bottles holding vinegar, while mustard was kept in a lidded pot.


The definitions of condiment and cruet sets appear to vary. Not just over time and use, but also between countries.


Condiment:


Derivation – From Latin condimentum ‘seasoning’, from condire, ‘to pickle, preserve’

Definition – A substance, such as a relish, vinegar, salt, pepper, mustard or spice, used to flavour or complement food.


Condiments are food substances used to heighten the natural flavour of foods, to stimulate the appetite, to aid digestion, or preserve certain foods.


There appears to be some discussion (especially between American English speakers and British English speakers) as to whether salt and pepper are truly ‘condiments’. But that, I believe, is a discussion for another day.


Cruet:


Derivation – from Anglo-Norman French, diminutive of Old French crue ‘pot’, and/or from Old Saxon kruka; related to ‘crock’

Definition – a small container or set of containers for salt, pepper, oil, or vinegar for use at a dining table. OR (in church use) a small container for the wine or water to be used in the celebration of the Eucharist.


Also, there are some country specific definitions:


British: A cruet is a small container, or set of containers, for salt, pepper, or mustard which is used at meals.

American: A cruet is a small glass bottle that contains oil or vinegar and is used at the table at meals.

French: Cruet – petit flacon (small bottle), and Cruet Set – service ¡ condiments (condiment set).


Silver Mustard PotsSilver Mustard Pots
Silver Salt & Pepper PotsSilver Salt & Pepper Pots
Silver SaltsSilver Salts
Sterling Silver and Cut Glass Cruet Service by Paul Storr - Antique George III
Price: GBP £17,545.00
Sterling Silver Cat Condiment Set - Antique Victorian
Price: GBP £10,950.00
Rare Victorian Sterling Silver Squirrel Condiment Set
Price: GBP £10,950.00
Sterling Silver Gilt Salts - Antique Victorian
Price: GBP £8,950.00
Sterling Silver Salts by Asprey & Garrard - Contemporary (2000)
Price: GBP £8,745.00
Sterling Silver Owl Pepperettes - Antique Victorian
Price: GBP £5,950.00
Sterling Silver Owl Mustard Pot - Antique George V (1912)
Price: GBP £4,950.00
Sterling Silver Frog Condiment Set - Vintage (1972)
Price: GBP £4,950.00
Sterling Silver Budgerigar Pepper Shakers - Antique Edwardian
Price: GBP £4,950.00
Sterling Silver Owl Mustard Pot - Antique Victorian
Price: GBP £4,450.00
Victorian Sterling Silver Owl Mustard Pot
Price: GBP £4,450.00
Sterling Silver Salts by Paul Storr - Antique George III (1811)
Price: GBP £4,125.00
Sterling Silver Salt by Charles Frederick Hancock - Antique Victorian
Price: GBP £4,125.00
Victorian Sterling Silver Poodle Pepperette
Price: GBP £3,950.00
Victorian Sterling Silver Pig Condiment Set
Price: GBP £3,950.00
Sterling Silver Condiment Set - Antique George V
Price: GBP £2,950.00
Sterling Silver Condiment Set - Antique George V
Price: GBP £2,950.00
Sterling Silver Jester Pepper - Antique George V (1911)
Price: GBP £2,950.00
Sterling Silver Dog Pepper - Antique George V (1910)
Price: GBP £2,950.00
Victorian Sterling Silver Pug Pepperette
Price: GBP £2,950.00
Sterling Silver and Enamel Salt and Pepper Set - Vintage (1981)
Price: GBP £2,915.00
Chinese Export Silver Stand and Egg Cruet Set For Six Persons - Antique Circa 1900
Price: GBP £2,915.00
Sterling Silver Pig Salt and Pepper Shakers - Antique Edwardian
Price: GBP £2,650.00
Antique Sterling Silver and Glass Serving Preserve Baskets
Price: GBP £2,250.00

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