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Cruet Stand with Three Casters and Two Cruets

1748-1749
Workshop of Samuel Wood, English (active London), c. 1704 - 1794
The large number of extant casters (containers, often with perforated tops, that hold seasonings) and cruets (glass bottles used to hold condiments) bearing Samuel Wood's mark indicates that his workshop specialized in these forms. This sort of specialization was not uncommon in the silver industry in eighteenth-century England. Wood served an apprenticeship with a well-known caster maker, Thomas Bamford, and in turn he was master of two other specialist caster makers, Jabez Daniell and Robert Piercy. The crest and motto are those of Collins of Hatch Beaumont, Somerset....

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