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Here's another go-find-'er from the benefactor.  I'm thinking it's an art deco mustard jar?  Maybe salt or sugar?  Beyond that, I have no idea.

The sticker is faded to the point of illegibility.  There are no marks on the bottom or other identifying bit.

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... the height is 2-3/4" and the base is 4".  Clear glass on the outside, the green is on the inside.

Aha- I didn't see the lid on your other post, it is indeed a small mustard jar!

Can you tell if the glass is green or if it was "cold painted"? Also, is that damage I'm seeing on the corner of the piece?

My hunch is that this may have been an advertising piece, selling a specific brand of mustard, from long ago. If you clean up your silver plated lid, you may find some type of markings?

HA!  Mustard jar!  Gonna rub my neighbor's nose in that.  Maybe an advertisement?  Oh, the nose rubbings.  Thanks, Vicki.  Triumph.  Perhaps premature triumph but I'll take what I can get.

Yes and no on the damage.  There is damage on the metal rim.  The line you see in the glass is a seam.  One seam on each corner, but nothing on the bottom. 

There are no markings on the metal.  I'm sure of that. 

Here's a better picture of the glass.  The outside is clear glass.  The inside is smoothe like glass.  Cold painted?  My new knowledge is telling me no.  The chips you see in this image are damage.

New research thread...

... and what makes you say it's an advertising piece?

LOL, So, what would be more convincing is if we were certain, if this piece is "cased glass" ( which is clear on one side, (either inside or outer side, still called "cased") and one side which is colored glass. If it is "cold painted" you can kinda see through it, and it will have little chips or scratches where the paint has likely flaked off, if it has any age at all. 

If "cold painted" that would be more of a cheap manufacturer, which would be exactly what we want to see in a vintage or antique advertising piece. If it is actually cased glass, that is far better quality and as such makes it unlikely to be advertising.

There are some exceptions to this ( of course, nothing is ever easy right?) I have seen quite a few Antique examples of tea caskets, and a few tobacco jars too, that were advertising, but also of quality. The reason for that is probably due to it being for a special purpose, think "Gift item with limited edition contents", ie.. Budweiser, Avon, etc). It's the same idea. 

I own a gorgeous tea casket dating from about 1880 in Vaseline glass which is a "quilted" pattern with a sterling silver lid! That item was not advertising, it even once had a key which was missing from it. :( The reason for this is because at that time Tea was a rather expensive commodity, much like spices. And I think with a bit of research Mustard may fall into that category as well, as a pricey condiment?

So, start there and see what you come up with. We can't cancel out either/or on the advertising, but you may be able to find more info, and if your very lucky you might find a twin in image search??

Keep me posted! Even with the minor damage, if this has some age, it may still have a good value! :)

Then so far, it's priceless and will put my goldfish through night school.

The 'spoon hole' seems small to hold much more than a small spoon.  This leads me to consider what size utensil would fit and what that utensil might be used for.  A tobacco jar should seal tight.  As should anything that has a propensity to dry out.  It doesn't seem like a piece that would be kept full in a refrigerator or on a counter top.  But emptied between use.  Maybe a restaurant or diner piece? 

I've tried spice, sugar, salt, tea, tobacco, mustard, condiment, mayonnaise, marmalade, jam, jelly, lidded, hinged lid, , advertising, cased glass, olive... I'm even trying to find hallmarks to compare with the silver sticker.

Mustard spoons are very tiny! The spoon sits inside the jar, it does not fit through the hole, per se, once the lid is open the person spoons out a small bit for whatever they are using it on.

Here are some pics: http://images.antiquesatlas.com/dealer-stock-images/recessantiques/...

And for Betty, this is one of the "Apostles" spoons for mustard, dating to the Victorian era! :) https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/39/cc/28/39cc28e8f7b9c78d...

The one used for yours would probably be more like the one in the first pic. Rather plain and small. Mustard spoons on average are approx. 2 to 2 1/2 high by a 1/2 inch or less in width. 

I'm also not convinced that your mustard isn't old! At this point it could be late Victorian era 1890 - 1910 or more modern, dating to the Depression era, or a bit later 1925  - 1940's. I just can't be sure yet. 

And yes, emptied between use, they were for "serving" only in most cases!

Scott, I wonder if the size of the spoon hole might be another way to go searching - looking for types of spoons that would seem to be appropriate for the height of the jar and the size of the hole.  The wonderful world of Victorian spoons might be a good place to start.  (Yes, I know this is not a Victorian item, it is just that the variety of spoon types from that era might give you a lead.)

Thanks for chiming in, Betty.

Vicki and Betty:  (Here comes a heap-a-helpin' of supposition) I know from mustard spoons, pickle forks, cheese knives and such.  The forks and knives got cut from the mix pretty quick.  Again, from my formative years of unexplainable domestication.  Spreadables like jams and jellies, butter, and cheese would need a knife.  The hole is too small for a knife.  Forkable foods like pickles would be awkward, again with too small a hole.  Olives, maybe.  Relish, a strong perhaps.

The more I look, the more I don't find.  Whatever small chips are on the corners and the dent on the metal rim and lack of hinge pin, I might call this an unused piece.  There isn't a scratch from any implement inside or bit of detritus under the metal lip.  Not even where the spoon would rest is marred.  Finally, with all the lights off and a mini-mag light shined inside or out, it is a crazy beautiful color.  Attached is the piece on a table with an LED mini-mag on the table, behind.

I need the FBI or MacGyver to help out with the sticker.  That's the answer.

Your glass pot contains Uranium, ie "Vaseline" glass. That doesn't solve age much, it only tells us that it is at least as old as the early 40's. Either before or just after WWII (can't remember) Uranium as a glass additive was no longer allowed to be used, due to Nukes. There are a (very few) exceptions, being glass houses after the war that were/are granted special permission to use this for glass. ( Mosser of OH being one example).


The more I look at it, the more I think that it may well be a mustard pot.  I googled "art deco" glass cased  "mustard pot" and came up with this.  The item is in the second row and while this is a different pot its "spoon" seems to have a twisted-rope style handle which would probably fit into a fairly small hole.


BTW, I have a tendency to "take with a grain of salt" the naming of "old" things - by any one person - seen too many things mis-identified across the years. "-)



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