This example is a reproduction pickle castor set purchased brand new from a well known reproduction wholesale supplier. These modern 'Victorian look' sets may be purchased complete as you see in this listing, with a colored Daisey and Button pattern insert (colors vary), or they may be had with other available colored pattern or cut 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. Unfortunately the wear they are prone to is easily mistaken by potential buyers as a sign of true age, rather than a sign of lower quality manufacturing.
Though frequently seen advertised as 'Victorian' these sets 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 still found today with new imported cut glass inserts.
None of the pieces bear any permanent markings of course, as that would help identify them as contemporary. But the characteristic lack of markings itself becomes a clue, since it would be very unusual to find a true Victorian era silver-plated metal item totally unmarked as to maker or silver content.
For another example with a red cut glass insert see Item ID: 2007RP000370 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: 2007RP000396
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