Mustard 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.
      No one knows who first used mustard to flavor food but it is believed to have originated in Ancient Egypt and exported to Europe by the Romans who used it for both food and medicine - as a cure for anything from hysteria to snakebite to bubonic plague.   

Mustard Field
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The Bellaire Goblet Co. made a cov'd mustard/ condiment jar in their STARS & BARS aka DAISY & CUBE aka Bellaire goblet #600 pattern ca 1886 $44


Duncan Miller made this cov'd mustard or horseradish container in their BLOCKED THUMBPRINT BAND pattern ca 1900. $42


This little covered mustard/ condiment pot with a slotted lid is from a date uncertain to us.   It is beautiful glass & looks like Heisey but we've not attributed it.  $35

  

   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 stylishly served.
We show a few examples here ranging in production from about the 1880s to the first decade of the 20th c.
See more pots for sale below.  And remember they can be used for sweetener or other condiments as you choose.


Heisey made this cov'd mustard in their FANCY LOOP w/ original lid aka #1205 pattern ca 1898.**SOLD**


This little mug with a slotted lid (which makes it into a condiment jar)
is named FLARED BOTTOM SQUARES.
$42



Model Flint Glass Co. of Albany made the Peerless pattern ca. 1896-1902.  It has the slotted lid. $48


MORTAR MUSTARD
is the official name of this 2.5" hi novelty container with a slotted lid.
Bryce Higbee made it
ca. 1885.
$38

HOBNAIL is the pattern for this 4" tall mug/mustard pot.
The lid has a slot to accommodate a glass spoon, seen HERE. See 3 chipped hobs at the base HERE which do not affect its looks or use.
$38

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
BUTTON ARCHES
By Geo. Duncan Sons
ca. 1897.
Has the slotted lid.
**SOLD**
CUT LOG aka Ethol by Bryce Higbee ca. 1890s. 
A rare form of this pattern with the slotted lid. 
$85.
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
HEISEY'S TWIST
pattern #1252 is signed with the diamond H in the base.  From 1924.
$45
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).
$48

HARVARD YARD
missing lid. It is 3" tall;
made by Tarentum Glass Co, ca. 1890s.
$32
BASSETTOWN is Duncan's
# 40 pattern - Geo Duncan
Sons & Co. ca. 1898. Lid
is metal with spoon
slot. $39
CHAMPION by McKee
ca. 1890s. Has an
attached underplate
& spoon slot.
$56
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/mugs/ castors shown above & below with prices are for sale.
These prices do not include the cost of shipping & insurance.
To purchase
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     Beginning as early as the 1850s some patterns had as one of their forms, a set of castor bottles which included a mustard castor. The different castors were reportedly kept in the pantry & depending on the meal, different castors were set on the table in a metal holder.
      On the left is one such early pattern, DOUBLE WEDDING RING, probably from the 1860s - '70s $62 
      Next is a Four Row Inverted Thumbprint mustard castor in cranberry glass.  It is 5 1/2" tall & 1 5/8" in diameter at the base for **SOLD**
      Next is a vaseline or canary castor in the DAISY & BUTTON pattern probably from the 1880s.  It has a rusty lid missing its inner top for $38.
      And on the right is a non-flint early Gothic patterned mustard castor w/ original lid
for $38.

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.