This example is a new reproduction pickle castor set that when this listing was written was still available for purchase brand new on a well known reproduction wholesale supplier's website. They offer the ability to purchase this set at wholesale prices with the ruby cut to clear glass insert you see in this listing, or with other colored glass inserts. One can also buy the silver colored fancy frame and lid or the ornate pickle tongs separately, to pair with orphan pickle jars one might already possess. Familiarizing yourself with the features of the metal frame and tongs can make it easier to spot a marriage of this new frame with different inserts.
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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