A cruet, is a small flask shaped vessel, usually made with an integral lip or spout and a stopper or lid. It is flat-bottomed with a narrow neck, and may also have a handle incorporated in its design. It is similar to a carafe only cruets have stoppers or lid covers.
During some Christian religious ceremonies, cruets are used to keep wine and water for Eucharist. These cruets are usually made of glass, though sometimes they are made of precious metals such as gold or silver. Cruets specifically intended for religious ceremonies come in pairs: one to contain water, often marked A for Aqua, and one to contain wine , V for Vinum. (These two liquids are mixed during the ceremony.)
Antiques and Collecting: Perfect Marriage of Fine Silver and Old Glass; with Seasoning Came the Cruet Sets. Richard Edmonds Traces Their History from 18th Century England
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