Antique French Vernis Martin mustard pot encased in ornate sterling silver mounts. Featuring exquisite sterling silver mounts comprising of foliage and rocailles enhanced in gilt vermeil finish. The Vernis Martin main body painted with a courting couple and floral vignettes. Elaborate silver handle and hinged lid decorated with spiral fluting and floral form finial. Opening to reveal a gorgeous gold vermeil interior housing a cut glass liner insert. Silver mounts are hallmarked with the French Minerve 1st standard mark, in use from 1838, which depicts the goddess Minerva with a number 1 beside her denoting a silver content of .950/1000 (of 95% silver and a higher grade of finesse than the .925 standard for sterling silver). Measures 4 3/8" height x 3 1/2" wide, weighs 211 grams without the glass insert. In overall good antique condition with general wear commensurate with age and use. There is a chip in the lacquer paint on the side located near the handle and partially covered by a silver foliage leaf, visible in the images.