12 July 17, 2007

A Mustard Pot?

A few years ago, my mother-in-law (thanks, Helen!) gave me a little stainless steel set that I believe was her mother’s. It had a little tray with salt and pepper shakers, and a sugar bowl. Well, I thought it was a sugar bowl.

Salt, Pepper, and Mustard Pot (?)

I was cleaning it today, and I decided to google the manufacturer’s name (Stelton Denmark). It turns out that the little ‘sugar bowl’ might actually be a mustard pot, at least according to unica home and the rest of the interweb.

I was more surprised though to learn that the set had been designed by Arne Jacobsen! It’s part of his Cylinda line from 1967.

“Hmmm”, I thought. “I have a book about Arne Jacobsen. Maybe it will be in there.” [Note the ridiculous use of quotes. I am ever so writerly.] Anyway, it was in there:

Arne Jacobsen Cylinda Line

Like the commercial version of the AJA flatware, the new line jettisoned the ornament and associations of traditional silverware in favor of a machined product that reflected both the nature of the material and Jacobsen’s own vision of sensuous utility.

Michael Sheridan, Room 606

Now, the book doesn’t make any mention of a mustard pot. In fact, the picture credits it as a sugar pot. And that’s exactly how I intend to use it.

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12 Comments

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    Peggy
    July 17, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    What a happy coincidence! And I love the utilitarian shape of it. I thought it was a sugar bowl when I saw it. What if you used the salt & pepper shakers for cinnamon and chocolate? Then it could be used for when you are serving coffee.
    Cute set.

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    Rachelle
    July 17, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    Oh pretty! AND a cool story!

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    Sarah
    July 18, 2007 at 4:56 am

    I love the idea of a mustard pot! So quirky. And makes a bit more sense with salt and pepper shakers.

    Though what a great idea by the above commentor about putting cinnamon and chocolate in them to serves with coffee and sugar.

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    Julieta
    July 18, 2007 at 12:59 pm

    In the UK and U.S. sugar bowls usually have matching creamers, so unless the set is incomplete (not likely) it’s probably a mustard jar. They were fairly common and used regularly up to the late 60s/70s. My favorites are Holt Howard. One day I will have a little Holt Howard collection. They are so quirky and cheery.

    In other countries, like Argentina where I am from, you will see sugar bowls paired with bowls to hold yerba (a loose tea). They’re called yerberas. http://store.amigofoods.com/yeyazdeacin.html

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    jennifer :: the make lounge
    July 20, 2007 at 6:44 am

    We have an original Jacobson set and it was a creamer + the sugar bowl. The salt+pepper shakers might not be Jacobson…

    In any case, enjoy!

    Jennifer

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    Julieta
    July 20, 2007 at 10:33 am

    Is it my imagination or are there indentations for the jar and S|P shakers? That’s why I thought it was a complete set…

    I agree with Jennifer and the rest–who cares what it is? It’s awesome and should be enjoyed however you please. :)

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    Nicole | Making it Lovely
    July 22, 2007 at 10:21 am

    It is a complete set (and yes, the tray has little indentations for everything). The creamer and sugar bowl were sold as a separate set too (all part of the Cylinda line).

    I like the cinnamon and chocolate idea! Sounds yummy.

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    Alecia
    July 23, 2007 at 9:58 am

    Interesting. I have a very similar pot, ala Crate and Barrel, that has the word “sugar” written on it. Maybe it’s used as a mustard pot for Europeans (who love their mustard) and a sugar pot for Americans (who, uh, love their sugar.)

    BTW, I love your blog. I just stumbled upon it and I like hearing about how you’re redoing your house. I’m in a very slow slow slow process myself.

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    Inger
    August 9, 2007 at 2:26 am

    In Italy they use it for parmesan cheese. Nice set and nice blog!

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    Anna
    March 24, 2008 at 6:03 am

    Apparently in France dijon mustard is a standard part of the seasonings set on the table…

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    danishgirl
    December 21, 2009 at 3:36 am

    hey so im from denmark, and since i have never heard about anyone who has a mustard holder, and know that mustard will ”eat” even silver, its most likely a sugar bowl,

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    Tracy
    April 12, 2016 at 12:12 am

    I have the same set (from my Danish sister in law) and was googling it to see if it was a sugar bowl It is by the way ;)

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