This Victorian silver plate water pitcher is not your typical version. These pitchers were designed to hold cold water and were kept in the parlor or dining room to serve guests during hot summer months. The pitcher is lined in porcelain for insulating value. The pitcher rests in a frame and can be easily removed for cleaning and refilling. It is designed so it can tilt in its frame and fill a glass or goblet. This water pitcher is unusual because of the double matching goblets. Notice the beautifully repoussé design on the spout of birds in flight among florals. There is a delicately chased pattern throughout the body of the pitcher. These same chased designs are repeated on the goblets. Each goblet rests on its special holder attached to the pitcher’s frame. The water pitcher was made by the well regarded Meriden Manufacturing Co. The silver plating is in excellent condition with only minor loss along the top of the pitcher which is to be expected. One of the goblets is very slightly out of round but nothing offensive. What a wonderful example of a Victorian silver plated serving piece. 20"h X 14"w X 10"d, Condition: Excellent, Circa: 1870's.