Sterling Silver Golf Themed Cruet Set, 19th Century

Presented is a rare set of antique sterling silver and glass golf cruets from the 19th century. Designed to hold condiments, the set features two glass jars with lids designed for pouring and on one smaller glass bowl, without a lid. The jars rest on a stand of three crossed golf clubs and one golf ball, which serves as a decorative and unique handle.

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. 

CONDITION:

Very good condition. All parts still intact. Two taller glass cruets with silver lids. One smaller, shallow glass dish.  Silver shows light tarnish from past use, but otherwise intact. Glass in very good condition.




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