Ever heard the phrase ‘that’s mustard’ or ‘doesn’t cut the mustard’? Even if that last comment is a little archaic, the phrase –amazingly– is a carry on from the cowboys of mid-19th century America. That’s about 175 years of mustardy goodness being a part of colloquial speech.
It’s not surprising that mustard is held in high esteem, as it’s more than a condiment, it’s actually a remedy for a sore throat (if you mix it with a little lemon juice), a decongestant, deodoriser, a muscle relaxant, and mild mustard is even good for skin. No wonder everyone thought mustard was, well, mustard!
What is a Mustard Pot?
Seems like asking a question with an obvious answer, but originally mustard was used on the table in its dry state, and only due to its popularity did it become widely available in its more recognisable wet form that we know and love. In fact- in Medieval ages the ‘Great House’ of the time would have their own Mustarder, who was responsible for making sure the household’s mustard supply never ran dry!
The change from the dry to wet mustard took place in the middle years of the 18th century, and with this came the opportunity for the humble condiment container to become an elaborate yet practical table decoration.
It is common for antique mustard pots to feature the pierced body design with a glass liner which is usually blue, and before this style became popular most mustard pots were gilded inside. This was to prevent corrosion of the metal due to the mustard itself comprising of acidic ingredients such as vinegar, apple juice, cider and even occasionally wine – no wonder we’re so fond of the stuff!
And hey, if all that other stuff doesn’t ‘cut the mustard for you,’ you can always just slather it onto the meat of your choice.
This segment is inspired by feedback from a dear customer of ours; he decided to add one of our mustard pots to a collection being developed specifically for a mustard pot museum. This museum will be based in a small town in the Netherlands, called Doesburg. Doesburg is known for its mustard factory, which, according to our customer, makes the most appetising mustard there is!
We can’t say for sure if the last comment is entirely true, but the feedback is always appreciated.
This afternoon I received the parcel with the beautiful mustard pot.
It is a beauty indeed !
I’am living in the little town of Doesburg and in the Netherlands it is
called a mustard town, because there is a mustardfactory producing the
most appetizing mustard there is.
That’s the reason that I started two years ago to develop a museum
especially for a collection of antique silver mustard pots. It is a long
way but it is so nice to do it.
The George V mustard pot will be part of the collection in the new museum.
Finally it is good to write you that you are a more than perfect seller and so
is your communication and presentation of the mustard pot.
Thank you very much.
With kind regards from the Netherlands,
Martin de Kleijn