A small pickle castor with blue Victorian enameled art glass in an Aesthetic Movement pattern that would grace any table.
The jar is a flinty Victorian blue glass with colored enameled paintings of flowers and a pretty butterfly. The glass is a translucent almost turquoise blue with a molded slight rib and gilded rim. The frame is heavy metal that has been plated with silver. At the top of the frame is a floral bouquet tied at the middle. The base of each riser has an elaborate florid embellishment with little flower blossoms in the center. The feet are also decorated with arabesques and florid designs. The very bottom of the feet have little paws, which coordinates well with the hands at the ends of the tongs used to grab the pickles. The lid with an ornate finial fits the jar perfectly.
There is a mark on the underside of the frame that reads, “M. S. BENEDICT M.F.G. CO. QUADRUPLE PLATE” and the number 264.
Frame measures 10 ¼” (26 cm) tall x 5” (12.7 cm) wide x 4 ½” (11.4 cm) diameter. Glass measures 4” diameter. Weighs 1 lb 2.0 oz (510g)
The jar has no cracks or breaks, although there are a chip and some frits to the inside edge of the mouth. There is wear to the rim gilding and some of the gold plant stems. The glass has bubbles and some possible spotting to the enamels. The jar fits the frame loosely. Most of the silver has worn off the caster and lid.
A beautiful Victorian art glass pickle castor to add something different to your collection. It would be awesome in a window.