VICTORIAN SILVER-GILT MUSTARD POT
YEAR OF MANUFACTURE: circa 1864
ORIGIN: London, England
MAKER: George Fox, London, c1798 to 1818
STOCK CODE: 1717
Gorgeous heavy quality antique silver-gilt or vermeil mustard pot with finely hand-chased arabesques and original gold-plated finish. It is mounted on three ball feet and the hinged lid opens to reveal a clear glass liner. The front is engraved with family crest of a stag and, most unusually, this mustard pot is accompanied by its original mustard spoon.
Mustard has been a popular condiment since Medieval times and grand houses would appoint their very own Mustarder, whose solely responsibility was to make sure the household mustard was always topped up. In those days mustard was used in dry powder form.
With growing popularity in the 18th century, mustard was produced in wet form and the desire for a specific container to serve it at the table. This spawned a variety of styles and designs, some of them in novelty forms.
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