Cruet Set

Description
Four-handled, circular dish or tray with a fan-shaped central handle fitted with a fixed frame of four equal-size rings holding four, clear, colorless, pear-shaped, faceted glass bottles (two cruets have pointed-drop stoppers, one caster has a perforated cap, and one hinged-lid mustard jar has a steeple finial and utensil cutout). A cast horned cow or steer head is mounted to tray sides in line with curved handles and feet. Handle screws into tray. Underside of tray bottom is struck incuse "QUADRUPLE PLATE" in serif letters above a circular mark for "WILCOX SILVER PLATE C\o." with crossed raising hammers at center, the number "649" below.
Maker is Wilcox Silver Plate Co. of Meriden, CT. The firm was founded as Wilcox Britannia Co. in 1865, and changed its name to Wilcox Silver Plate Co. in 1867. It was one of the founding members of International Silver Co. in 1898; Insilco continued to use the Wilcox name and trademark until circa 1961 when the line was consolidated with E. G. Webster & Son (purchased by Insilco in 1928) into Webster-Wilcox.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1867-1898
place made
United States: Connecticut, Meriden
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
glass (bottles material)
Measurements
overall, stand: 10 1/4 in x 6 1/2 in; 26.035 cm x 16.51 cm
overall, bottles w/ stoppers, each: 8 3/8 in x 1 7/8 in; 21.2725 cm x 4.7625 cm
overall, shaker: 6 7/8 in x 1 7/8 in; 17.4625 cm x 4.7625 cm
overall, mustard bottle: 5 1/8 in x 1 3/4 in; 13.0175 cm x 4.445 cm
ID Number
1991.0665.01
catalog number
1991.0665.01
accession number
1991.0665
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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