didn't just show up to accompany hot dogs at the St. Louis World's Fair
in 1904, although that was when it really made a hit on the American Scene.
Actually, mustard, a
zippy yellow sauce made from the ground seed of the mustard plant in combination
with some liquid (water, wine, beer, etc.) along with seasonings and perhaps
other flavorings is believed to be the oldest condiment known.
Some of these little containers were sold as "Packers' Goods" & they may have held other condiments such as horse radish. Read about Packers Goods HERE.
The Mustard plant is a very
hardy annual, weed-like in it's ability to tolerate harsh conditions,
it blooms bright yellow in the spring. By late summer the plants are heavy
with green pods containing the mustard seeds which are as hardy as the
plant and can survive decades of drought.
In the early 19th century Colmans of Norwich, England became the world's first mustard millers - milling the heart of the mustard seed to a fine powder, mustard flour - and they established mustard as an industrial food ingredient.
Alvina Breckel remembers that when she volunteered as a "pioneer woman" at the Chicago Historical Society, she learned that without refrigeration, meat preservation methods didn't produce such a tasty product. So heavy salting and condiments such as mustard were helpful in covering up the slightly/ strongly rancid taste of meat.
Ever ready to meet the container
and serving needs of Victorian Americans, many of the companies that
made pattern glass created small containers with slotted lids in order
that these tasty condiments such as mustard and horseradish would be
|MORTAR MUSTARD is the official name of this novelty container with a slotted lid. Bryce Higbee made it ca. 1885.
|This is an interesting piece of emerald green MAISE or COBB patterned mustard or individual sugar bowl, depending on who you
ask. It is priced with its matching creamer seen HERE at $95
By Geo. Duncan Sons
Has the slotted lid.
|CUT LOG aka Ethol by Bryce Higbee ca. 1890s.
A rare form of this pattern with the slotted lid.
|LATE PANELED GRAPE
by D C Jenkins ca. 1910 was a Packers Goods
item. We have 2
for $35 each.
|ROMAN ROSETTE made
by U S Glass Co. 1896 is
a form similar to the shakers except the lid has a spoon slot. $45
|SWAN ON POND is a19th c. pattern made in opaque, in
this case milk, glass.
The maker's name is undiscovered. $65
pattern #1252 is signed with the diamond H in the base. From 1924.
These Roman Rosette pattern mugs which probably originally held Packers Goods are a Bryce product & also pictured in Walt Adams' mug book #513. They are the same size, 3 3/8" tall, despite the difference in photos.
In clear it is $20.
Cobalt blue is a hard-to-find color in EAPG $40.
This is the base only to a
King's Crown pattern
mustard jar. If you have a
2 1/8" slotted lid, it will fit this.
We'll buy your patterned
lid or sell you the base for $55.
Butterfly Ears aka
Alaric by Bryce Higbee
ca. 1885. Lid has spoon
slot (seen on right).
missing lid. It is 3" tall;
made by Tarentum Glass Co, ca. 1890s.
BASSETTOWN is Duncan's
# 40 pattern - Geo Duncan
Sons & Co. ca. 1898. Lid
is metal with spoon
CHAMPION by McKee
ca. 1890s. Has an
& spoon slot.
RIBBED FORGET ME NOT
aka Charm aka Pert by
Bryce Bros. ca. 1880s.
Base chip seen HERE.
Lid slot; $38
SCALLOPED DIAMOND POINT by the Central Glass Co. ca. 1870s. Attached underplate & spoon slot. $55
The Mustard Containers above and below with prices are for sale.
These prices do not include the cost of shipping & insurance.
To purchase GO HERE.
We also have some Mustard Castors for sale in our CASTOR STORE HERE.
|These drawings came from an original catalog reproduction, reproduced in Heacock's book, 1000 TOOTHPICK HOLDERS. The bigger one is No. 3 Kettle. The smaller is No. 2 Kettle Mustard.||And here are the actual pots in blue, vaseline & amber, courtesy of Dave Peterson. All with original lids, all made by Adams & Co., 1880's, possibly into the time after US Glass Co. combine started. The lids are worth twice as much as the pots. Clear ones certainly exist but are not part of his collection.|
|Here are 2 of the above novelty No. 2 Kettle Mustard Pots for sale. The amber one is missing the wire bale & has a spoon slot & a small shallow flake
under the lid where it doesn't show with the lid on. It is $44.
The blue one has no damage & is the same size as the amber one despite the different photos. See a photo of the blue base and lid separately HERE.
It is $35
We also have a spare vaseline lid in stock for sale for $25.