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Mustard pot

Mustard pot
Title
Mustard pot
Date 
1800-1825
Medium 
Sheffield plate
Dimensions 
Overall: 3 x 2 3/4 x 3 3/8 in. ( 7.6 x 7 x 8.6 cm )
Description 
Pierced, cast and wrought Sheffield plate mustard pot (missing liner); cylindrical pierced body with two bands of pierced ovoids with flowers in the center and bright-cut floral garlands divided by three thin bands of geometric pierced work; applied, molded bands around the base and the rim; hinged, circular, low domed cover with an indentation for the stem of a mustard spoon on the left side; Livingston family crest engraved on the center of the dome, a ship of three sails on fess below the motto, "SPERO MELIORA." in roman letters; trefoil thumbpiece applied to a molded hinge-plate; cast, reeded s-scroll handle with a cinquefoil upper joint and foliate lower joint; no maker's marks.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mr. Goodhue Livingston
Object Number 
1951.288
Marks 
engraved: on the center of the dome: Livingston family crest, a ship of three sails on fess below the motto, "SPERO MELIORA." in roman letters
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group