This charming individual mustard is a quality survivor of the passage of time. Design wise it has a timeless quality being formed of a slightly tapered glass bottle with ribbed sides and flattened base. The maker of the glass is unknown as much glass is (especially at this time) unsigned; silversmiths commonly ordered or bought in specially made blanks and fit their own silverware to them. The time period and relative high status of the piece indicates this may be lead glass rather than the more traditional soda glass and very possibly made in Ireland.
The mustard is mounted with silver collar and hinged lid with classical “acorn” finial, the lid having a notch cut to take a spoon – as a point of contention, the size of this jar may be a little excessive for mustard and may alternatively been a preserve or marmalade jar which would also explain its presence without the rest of the cruet! It is however, characteristically “Tableware”. The silver is hallmarked Sheffield 1829 which puts it in the dying days of the reign of George IV. The maker’s mark is for JF & Co and Hallmarks are present on both the collar and the lid.
It should be remembered that this piece is nearly 200 years old and therefore some wear and tear can be expected. However this piece is a remarkable survivor. Any wear and tear is limited to slight fleabites on the ridges of the glass and some very small indentations in the silver. The hallmarks are slightly worn but still readable. All in all no surprises and a very well appointed antique.
- 4.5 inches (11.5 cm) tall (including lid)
- 1.8 inches (4.8 cm) base diameter
- 2.2 inches (5.5 cm) aperture/lid diameter
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