Friday, July 6, 2012

What I'm loving right now

My collection of vintage French mustard jars and English paste pots.

My friend Lisa's collection was the spark that ignited my interest in these charming little containers.

The English paste pots are sometimes referred to as Prattware.

In the 1840's the Pratt factory became the leading manufacturers  of pots with colored, underglaze, transfer printed lids.

These pots contained such things as bears grease, fish paste, and potted meats and the colorful lids were designed to be an effective advertising device.

They were used between 1840 - 1920 to market various products which came in a paste form.

After WWI they became obsolete as more modern and economical forms of packaging replaced them.

They serve as a quaint reminder of a bygone era.

I adore the vintage French Grey Poupon Dijon and Maille  Mustard jars or crocks with their amazing graphics.

I guess I am not the only one who is gaga for these lovely little crocks.

There is actually a National Mustard Museum located in Middleton, Wisconsin.

With over 5,400 mustards from all 50 states and more than 70 countries, their massive collection of mustards and mustard memorabilia is a sight to behold.

Who else is crazy about these delightful little jars?


Splenderosa said...

I think I've just become obsessed !!

Honey at 2805 said...

What a splendid collection! Now I want mustard jars!

I would be delighted if you would link up to Potpourri Friday, in progress!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh they are all so pretty. What a great collection. Hugs, Marty

Tricia Rose Rough Linen said...

Somehow glass jars just don't cut the mustard do they ?(OH I'm sorry Terri, such an atrocious pun!)

La Brocanteuse said...

Me too, actually love any printed porcelain or pottery that was used as packaging...hugs to you
Colette x

Anonymous said...

I only have a couple of them, but I love them too.

Unknown said...

Totally crazy for them!!! What a perfect collection.

Hope you had a great 4th, Terri!!
xoxo Elizabeth

Urban Orchard Interiors said...

I wasn't before but I am now! These are beautiful...


Honey at 2805 said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely collection at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

vignette design said...

Me! I am! Love mustard pots and have the same one as your largest one--"Fachon" Love the graphics of them and their white/off white colors.