Elegant Victorian era PAIRPOINT Quadruple Silverplate Dinner cruet Caster / Castor Set #1006 from the late 1800's! The original six (6) crystal glass cruets, three with ground crystal stoppers and three with silverplated lids are also part of this fine Victorian set.
Three part cruet caster castor quadruple silverplate revolving frame comes apart for easy polishing, storage and shipping!. Elegant floral (roses, leaves, berries, etc.) embossed design along the apron the frame with a highly unusual and desirable decorative border along the bottom. The handle features scroll and modified scallop design. There seems to be a small piece of decorative silverplate missing from between the handles. Bright, high-polish silver finish on this revolving silverplate caster frame, base and handle.
All of the hand-etched cruet bottles are original, antique and matching and all the glass cruets are clear and clean. All have their original shaker tops of silverplate or blown glass and ground stoppers with bubbles and striations.
The antique glass mustard pot has a silverplate lid, which also has a small opening for a condiment mustard spoon. Very clean, with no chips, cracks or repairs to the glass. The silverplate lid opens smoothly and is near perfect with only two very tiny dents on the lid. It measures 6.25" tall and 2.5" in diameter.
The two tall condiment glass cruets have silverplate shaker caps which screw on. Some silverplate wear or loss is noted on the lids due to use. No chips, cracks or other damage noted to the glass cruets. The taller glass cruet measures 8" tall and 2.5" in diameter, the smaller measures 7.5" tall and 2.5" in diameter.
The three glass cruets with ground glass stoppers continue the matching etched design. The two taller antique glass cruets are in excellent condition with no chips or cracks. They each measure 9.25" tall and 2.5" in diameter. One cruet seems to have a very slightly different design on the body. Both stoppers are in excellent condition.
The smaller glass cruet (with a saddle lip) is more bulbous in shape, and does have two chips on the lip (as seen in the photos). No other damage is noted. The ground stopper is chipped on the bottom of the stopper. This glass cruet measures 9" high and is 2.75" in diameter.
One of the most popular items made in silverplate, "dinner castors" as they were identified in old catalogs of silver manufacturers, most surely were derived from the cruet frames made for the reception of glass cruets for holding oil and vinegar and other condiments for use at the table. These date from the beginning of the eighteenth century in English silver.
Cruet frames were made in this country from about 1750 onward. They were also made in England in "Old Sheffield Plate". In the 1830's, the first castor frames were produced by britannia makers but it was not until around the 1840's that they became an important article in the britannia trade.
Early castors in silverplate were mainly set on low legs or on a relatively low center pedestal. A wide pierced band, or one embellished with ornate clusters of grapes and leaves, encircled the base of the container. A center handle was used for passing the castor at the table. Most castors provided space for six bottles.
The silverplate on the revolving castor is in extremely good condition, with no silver plate wear or loss noted, no dings or dents. This set is touchmarked on the bottom of the base with PAIRPOINT MFG. CO., the Pairpoint Logo of a "P" within a diamond, QUADRUPLE PLATE and the pattern number 1061. The quadruple silver plate castor caster frame measures 18" high, 8" diameter, and weighs (with the antique glass cruets) 5 pounds, 4 ounces. You can read more about the history of Pairpoint Manufacturing from our Silver Manufacturers pages.
A1768 - Antique PAIRPOINT Quadruple Silver Plate Dinner Cruet Castor Caster Set #1061 Elegant Victorian