Ruby Red Cut to Clear Glass Pickle Castor in Silverplate Holder with Grapes and Birds
The silver colored metal pieces in this set tend to quickly show surface wear. If there is any real silver actually plated onto the surfaces, the amount is very small. Unfortunately the wear they are prone to is easily mistaken by potential buyers as a sign of true age, rather than a sign of shoddy manufacturing.
Though frequently advertised as 'Victorian' the pieces in this set are not old. In the 1960's and 1970's the L.G. Wright company was selling brand new pickle castors in the same fancy 'bird' frame with glass inserts made by various American glass companies. They sold their fanciful 'antique look' creations to the same reproduction wholesale supplier where they are found today with new imported cut glass inserts.
All the pieces of course bear no permanent markings that would help identify them as contemporary. But that characteristic itself becomes a clue, since it would be very unusual to find a true Victorian era silver-plated metal item to be totally unmarked as to maker or silver content.
For another example with a blue glass insert see Item ID: 2007RP000365 here in this shop.
Frame measures 10 1/2 inches tall to the top. Glass insert measures 4 inches tall and it is 3 1/4 inches in diameter.
Item ID: 2007RP000370
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