18th Century Glass Condiment Sauce Bottle Soy and Tarragon Circa 1780 Rare
These are a rare and delightful treat that really bring you a 'flavor' of the culinary and domestic tastes of the 18th century western world. Although sadly lacking their glass stoppers, we would not recommend their usage on the dining table but they now make exceedingly beautiful little stem vases.
The 18th century was a century of continued exploration of our great world. With this global expansion came the continued opportunity of discovering, tasting and importing new exotic flavors and spices. Also the experiments with bottling resulted in newly created sauces being able to be stored more safely and for long periods of time. The Georgians embraced these new flavors and sauces quickly became a favorite item to liven the taste of one's food. Condiment or cruet sets expanded to sometimes holding up to 10 items of castors (for pepper or sugar), mustard pots (dry and wet), bottles for sauces, vinegars, and oil flavorings. Soy, Tarragon, Ketchup, Kyan (Cayenne) and Anchovy were among the most popular with Chilli, lemon Pickle and elder also known!! Condiment sets were very handsome often having glass or sometimes Bristol blue glass bottles with gilt names to match the contents. These bottles were be held in a specially designed silver footed stand with carrying handle. Towards the turn of the 19th century silver sauce bottle tickets were used to name the contents much like silver wine labels.
Our clear cut lead glass examples are simply beautiful, they ooze Georgian elegance and simplicity of design. Having vertical faceted sides and horizontal cut grooving. The Soy and Tarragon gilt lettering is unfussy yet perfectly effective. Having ground down pontil to each base with a star cut design over the top.
Size: Each the same height, measuring a teeny 3.5" (8.7 cm) tall, base diameter 1.25" (3 cm). Soy weighs 2.7 oz, its heavier partner Tarragon weighs 3 oz
Condition is very good indeed considering their age and fragility of material. Their original glass stoppers are missing. There is a very old and smooth historic chip to the lip of the Tarragon bottle and also a small and old flea bite to the bottom of one of its ten facets. We were SOOOO excited to discover this pair. We guarantee that they will charm you but also make you smile. Little receptacles that packed a punch....variety was and still is the spice of life.
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