Over the years, mustard has had many uses other than just to enhance a meal. In fact, in the Medieval ages, mustard was an extremely popular condiment as it was used as a remedy for a sore throat (if you mix it with a little lemon juice), a muscle relaxant, and mild mustard was even considered good for the skin.
A mustard pot is a small receptacle with a hinged lid for serving ready – mixed mustard but it can also be used for other condiments. The earliest known examples of a mustard pot dates from 1760. Mustard was served prior to this date but in its dry powdered form. The vast majority of silver mustard pots have always been round or oval with straight sides, often called drum mustards.
It is common for antique silver mustard pots to feature a pierced body design with a glass liner which is generally blue. Prior to this style becoming popular, most mustard pots were gilded inside. This was to prevent corrosion of the metal due to the mustard itself which is comprised of acidic ingredients.