Manufactured by the Richards and Hartley Glass Company, Tarentum, PA, from 1875-1884 and in 1891 by the United States Glass Company, which was a trust formed by a combination of seventeen glass companies, including Richards & Hartley, which were located in Western Pennsylvania and Indiana. It was made in non-flint, clear, amber and some vaseline.
The pattern of the glass insert consists of two oval cartouches, formed by a circle of ribbing and beading, containing a cameo image of Venus and Cupid. Connecting the cartouches is a geometric designed band. The insert measures 4 3/4" in height and 3" across.
The silver plated holder for the glass insert is stamped "Meriden Company", "Quadruple Plate" and "239". I feel the pickle tongs are original to the holder but the lid is not. The lid fits very well but the pattern is different and the patina in darker. There is some silver wear on the holder. The holder measures 11" in height. The pattern glass insert is free of cracks, chips or repairs. A very nice Victorian EAPG pickle caster.