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Development of Mustard Pots

With mustard becoming a dining table staple, the demand for elegant and practical serving vessels grew. Consequently, mustard pots emerged as containers designed specifically for holding and serving mustard.

Material and Craftsmanship

Crafted from various materials such as silver, porcelain, and glass, mustard pots gained popularity for their durability, aesthetic appeal, and ability to keep mustard cool, particularly in the case of sterling silver pots.

18th Century Elegance

In the 18th century, the use of mustard pots became more refined, aligning with the elaborate dining etiquette of the period. Consequently, artisans often adorned sterling silver pots with intricate designs, engravings, and ornate handles.

Variety of Designs

They showcased a variety of designs, from simple and functional to highly decorative and stylish. Some featured hinged lids, spoon holders, or attached mustard spoons.

Condiment Sets

These pots often comprised part of larger condiment sets, including containers for salt, pepper, and vinegar. Therefore, these sets adorned dining tables as elements of elegant table settings.

Victorian Era Innovation

In the Victorian era, the pots evolved with changing styles and tastes. As a result, pots from this period were innovatively designed with hinged lids and pierced or grill-like spoon holders.

20th Century and Beyond

The use of formal condiment sets, featuring sterling silver mustard pots, persisted into the early 20th century.  While dining traditions evolved, antique and vintage pots remained collectible, appreciated for their craftsmanship and historical charm.

Collectability and Antiques

Collectors and enthusiasts actively seek these antique pots for their historical significance, craftsmanship, and decorative appeal reflecting past dining customs.


While not as commonly used on modern dining tables, these pots retain a special place in tableware history. Valued for both functionality and decoration, antique and vintage pots continue to be appreciated today.

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