Presented is a rare set of antique sterling silver golf cruets from the 19th century. Designed to hold condiments, this set of four cruets comes with four matching spoons for serving.
Each cruet is designed like a golf ball in finely chased decorative detail, to match the pebbling of a golf ball. Crossed puters and a small ball serve as stand for each cruet. The set rests in a fitted case.
The first cruets were introduced in the late 17th century to hold oil and vinegar in glass bottles with silver mounts. It wasn't long before silver casters were added for pepper, as well as other bottles for more condiments. In the 19th century, still more bottles and smaller shaped dishes were added to hold various "exotic" sauces and seasonings, brought in from Asia.
In the late 19th century into the early 1900s, table settings were very elaborate. Fanciful cruets such as this set, were part of table displays, sitting next to elaborate gravy boats and decorative napkin rings, novelty toast racks, menu holders, knife rests, and even table bells. Sports themes such as golf, cricket, polo, and hunting were popular thematic styles.
Very good condition. Four cruets, with four matching spoons. Silver shows light tarnish from past use, but otherwise intact. Original blue fabric-lined presentation box included.
Dimensions: 2 1/4" H x 2 1/2" W x 2 1/2" D (each); 3" H x 7 1/2" W x 2 1/2" D (box)
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