1) A vessel made to hold combustible material. In many contexts it was clearly a household object but it could also be a fire basket.
1370 Item unum tripod ferr’ et j long cresset, precii ijs, Ripon
1392 j cultellum, j crasset, j parvam pelvem, Sherburn
1485 ij fryyng pannes, ij cressettes xvjd, Ripon
1559 Item to Thomas Baytson, a cresset, Pontefract
1613 Item, a range, tangs, reckon, sheares, axes, cressets, spyts, weddges, Cottingley
c.1636 Item one fryinge pann & a cresset js vjd, Eldwick.