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?