This form copies Dutch silver mustard pots of the late 17th and early 18th Century. Small silver-mounted beer mugs and covers of similar size and form, although some are spirally fluted, are also found in blue and white and famille verte porcelain of the Kangxi period; however, these may have been taken from Dutch Delft originals of the late 17th Century. The original notch in the rim of the cover on the present example would suggest that it was intended as a mustard pot, and very slender early 18th Century Dutch silver mustard spoons of the necessary length for this pot are indeed known. Compare the silver-mounted blue and white beer mug and cover illustrated by C.J.A. Jörg, Oriental Porcelain, A Choice from the Boymans-van Beuningen Museum Collection, Rotterdam, 1995, pp. 39 and 40, no.14.