WOW! This unusual piece really is approximately two feet (2') tall and is waiting for your table setting on the sideboard, buffet or dining table.
The glass top is ready for flowers, fruit, crackers or whatever you need for your serving. The glass insert may be removed.
This most unusual piece causes people to stop, stare and perhaps touch. The cruet frame revolves making it easier to use. The etched castors include bottles for perhaps wine, vinegar, salt, pepper, mustard, mayonnaise and/or a sauce or ketchup. The bottles are in fine estate condition. The holders are individual and separate for each castor.There is a pointed drop underneath each.
There are seven applied medallions on the cruet frame. Each appears to be the head of a male warrior. These medallions really make a statement unto themselves.
Being versatile, when not in service, it would make a stunning centerpiece. Add flowers at the top and remove the bottles and add flowers in each holder of the cruet frame.
The central core or body is a male figure walking through flora and fauna... all in great detail. This figure supports the epergne upon his head. He is standing on a circular riser with the Greek Key design. Only the bottle holders revolve.
The lower part of the centerpiece has three legs with a gargoyle head at the top of each. These are in great detail with paw feet at the bottom. The legs rest on a graduated circular base highlighted by a larger Greek Key design.
The striking centerpiece is in fine estate condition. It came from a Dallas, Texas estate. Upon close examination the stopper of one bottle is faceted differently. There is no way of knowing whether these are the original bottles; however, they certainly fit well. Also when lifted out, the bottom half of each bottle has another thumb print design.
The trademark is as follows: "Porter Plating Co., Taunton, Mass, # 100". The closest company information is E. W. (or William) Porter of Reed & Barton. He established a new company called Porter Britannia & Plate Co of Taunton, Mass. They operated from 1859 to the 1870's and most of their products were similar to Reed & Barton products. "Britannia" is defined as a silver white alloy made of tin, copper and antimony. It is similar to Pewter but shinier. It could be that since this piece was not Britannia metal, they used Porter Plating Co. I shall continue to research this.
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