These 'totally' British fineries,

serve up some 'totally' internationally famous

American Fourth of July traditions.

They are as follows, Left to Right :

Nathan’s Hot Dogs : The term "hot dogs" was likely invented by late 19th century Americans -

most being immigrants who ate sausages on buns. The most successful  American hot dog has been Nathan's.

In 1916, Polish Immigrant Nathan Handwerker opened a small stand in Coney Island

His hot dogs were an instant success!

However, they gained international popularity - particularly British - when

President Franklin D. Roosevelt served them to King George VI and Queen Consort Elizabeth

during their 1939 visit to America.

Further, Roosevelt had Nathan's Hot Dogs sent to Yalta for his meeting with Winston Churchill.

George III Silver Toasting Fork, JR (presumably Josephus Read), London 1800, 30.75" Long

George III Silver Toasting Fork, JR (presumably Josephus Read), London 1800

30.75" Long - and fully marked;

in a later leather and velvet-lined fitted case, retailed by Asprey, London


Useful for a small amount of 'hot dog warming', if needed :

Early George III Cast Rococo Silver Taperstick, William Gould, 'Hex Foil' Shell Base, London, 1760

Early George III Cast Rococo Silver Taperstick

William Gould, 'Hex Foil' Shell Base, London, 1760

Of heavy gauge silver, 5.25" High / 5.7 oz.


Relish : Relish is considered the "first true American condiment".

Borrowed from Indian chutneys (dating to the 1600s),

relish has been used and loved in America since before the Revolution,

gaining even greater American popularity in the 1850s.

In the 1870s, H. J. Heinz company offered a relish called "Chow-chow".

In 1889, Heinz introduced "India Relish", overwhelmingly popular in both U.S. and British markets.

It was loosely based on India relishes, featuring a sugared and vingared mix of pickled cucumbers,

green tomatoes, cauliflower, onions, red bell peppers, celery, mustard seed, cinnamon and allspice.

A pickle relish similar to India relish is today most popular 'hot dog dressing'.

Holding this relish for this July 4th, is a

Scarce Early George II Silver Tot Cup, William Paradise, London, 1732

Scarce Early George II Silver Tot Cup

William Paradise, London, 1732

With flaring folded rim and cast spreading foot,

verso with contemporary scratch-engraved initials C over W.M;

2.5" High, 2-3/8" Diameter (Rim) / 2.2 oz.


Hot Dog Buns : The ‘hot dog bun’ is a product of three German American immigrants.

Charles Feltman is credited with an elongated hot dog bun in 1871, also in Coney Island.

In the early 1900s, Austrian immigrant Ignatz Frischman,

supplied "Vienna rolls" to Coney Island.

And at the St. Louis 1904 Louisiana Exposition, Antoine Feuchtwanger - from Frankfurt -

served hot sausages called 'frankfurters' .

To hold his sausages, Feuchtwanger first loaned gloves to his customers.

However, it seems the gloves were seldom returned.

Thus, he asked his wife’s brother (a baker) to invent a solution - yet another bun.

George III Small Glass Tazza, 6 Inches Wide, England, Mid -Late 18th Century

George III Small Glass Tazza, 6 Inches Wide

England, Mid -Late 18th Century

The circular tray having a wide 1/4" stepped rim,

 raised on an 8-sided Silesian (Pedestal) with an elongated tear,

having two basal collars; the domed foot with 1/2 inch fold and snapped pontil


Root Beer :  The sweet North American soft drink known as "Root Beer"

was traditionally made using the root bark of the sassafras tree or Smilax vine.

Formerly known as sarsaparilla, sassafras root beverages have been made by indigenous

Americas for culinary and medicinal reasons since before Europeans arrived in America.

Root Beer has been sold in American confectionery stores since the 1840s,

and written recipes are documented as early as the 1860s.

In 1875, pharmacist Charles Elmer Hires was the first to successfully market

a commercial brand of Root Beer, "Hires".

Barq's began selling its sarsaparilla-based root beer in 1898.

And in 1919, Roy Allen opened his root-beer stand in Lodi, California,

leading to the development A&W Root Beer.

17th Century British Silver-Mounted Leather Blackjack, Applied Silver Crest

17th Century British Silver-Mounted Leather Blackjack

Applied Silver Crest : a Knights Helm with Garb

With stitched side loop handle,

The upper rim and base having engraved lappet-bordered silver mounts,

6-5/8" High / 7.5" Over Handle / 12.3 oz.

(Waterproof & Functional!)


And, regarding the suggested "Mustard" :

Mustard is known to have been cultivated for several millenniums BC.

The Romans were probably the first to use mustard as a condiment, exporting the knowledge to Gaul.

Use of mustard in Paris dates to 1292 (Dijon), and in England to 1390.

The use of mustard as an American hot dog condiment is first reported at the 1904 -

also at St. Louis World's Fair -

when bright-yellow French's mustard was introduced.

There are many varieties of mustard.

The most commonly used mustard in the United "yellow mustard", commonly referred to as

"hot dog", "ball park"," American yellow", "sunshine", or "prepared" mustard









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