Antique Lesson - Mustard Pot

I always assumed that mustard got it's name from the mustard plant which bears the seeds used in mustard.  But apparently, it's the other way around!

The mustard plant acquired its name from the French (moutarde) which in turn came from the Latin word for infermented wine: mustum.  Wine was mixed with the powdered seed of a plant (now known as the mustard plant) and used to season foods.  Initially, it was served in it's powdered form table side (sort of like salt).  The change from dry to wet mustard took place some time in the 18th century.  So, mustard got it's name from infermented wine!  Source - The What is? Silver Dictionary.

One of the main reasons I continue to post on unusual silver pieces is because I am fascinated by how much time and energy were devoted to ensuring commonly used products (like mustard) were served in a beautiful way.  We are talking mustard here, people! 

Once mustard pots became popular, silversmiths began to create a variety of shapes and styles.  It was very common for the body of the pot to be pierced to allow the beautiful blue glass (included to prevent corrosion) to show through as ornamentation. 

I think a mustard pot would be a wonderful addition to a beautiful table setting.  You just have to think about something you could serve that requires mustard?  

No, I was not thinking hot dogs . . . Maybe something a bit more creative.

How about Beef Tenderloin with Mustard Roasted Potatoes (from Smitten Kitchen) and extra mustard for serving in your silver mustard pot, of course!! 

Wow!  I think I'm hungry now.  

A post about silver making me hungry.  Who knew! 

Have a great Monday. M.


  1. So interesting! I love antique silver pieces as well so thanks for the lesson!! Happy Monday. :)
    Heidi @ Show Some Decor

  2. I never knew these existed, and they all are so beautiful. Thanks for the info! And now I'm hungry too!

  3. I always think of yellow mustard as being down-market, but it would look beautiful in these pots, contrasting with the blue glass. Nothing down-market about them!

  4. I love learning about all the very specific table ware/serving pieces. Never knew about these.


Thank you for thoughts on my post! M.