George IV Sterling Silver Cruet Frame
Sold for $469
hallmarked London, 1823-1824, by John, Henry & Charles Lias, of bulbous rounded rectangular form, with gadrooned rim and raised on four acanthus-mantled lion's paw feet, with a conforming wooden base centered by a silver baluster standard with scalloped dividers and rocaille-crested gadrooned ring handle, fitted with four cut glass stoppered bottles of two sizes, two silver-capped casters and a silver-capped mustard pot; together with an "Old English" mustard spoon hallmarked London, 1810-1811, by Thomas Streetin.
h. 9", l. 8", w. 5-3/4"; 3.75 total t. oz. (weighable silver)
Provenance: Waddington's, Toronto, June 20, 2016, lot 275; ex-collection Dr. & Mrs. Gordon Macdonald, Edmonton; Bruce McCashin Collection.
**In acceptable used condition with some wear and two repairs: the ring handle has been repaired on each side near the standard, with a very short 1/16" crack still visible on one side, and shallow textured area on one side of the body suggests a dent that has been hammered out. The wooden base is probably a later replacement. Fully hallmarked on the basal edge of the body, with the standard, and silver caps identically part-marked (and thus original to the set). Marks good. Scattered nicks and fleabites on the bottles, particularly around the base and the shoulders where they have rubbed against the frame, with some small chips, including one on the rim of each caster (under the cap) and on the collar of one large stoppered bottle. The stopper on one of the smaller bottles is broken at the tip (presumably the base of a missing cayenne spoon). The mustard spoon in good shape, probably buffed, and part-marked (lacking the city mark).