A glittering silver plate pickle castor by one of the premier Victorian silver plate companies.
A round base with a raised apron holds the glass pickle jar. From this base a frame rises to a bar finial with clubs and blades. The frame is attached to the base with more blades and clubs. The apron of the base has a repousse band of diamonds, and geometric designs. The clear glass jar has a molded faceted surface. It has a snug fitting silver plate round lid with a leaf and scroll pattern finial. The piece is still shiny and has much silver. There is a pair of tongs hanging from a hook at the frame side that are probably a marriage as they don’t have as much silver left.
There is a mark on the base that reads, “QUADRUPLE PLATE HARD WHITE METAL E.G. WEBSTER & BRO. N.Y. “in a circle around an arm holding a hammer. There is a production number of 48.
10 ¾” (27.3 cm) tall x 5 1/8” (13.0 cm) wide x 4 1/8” (10.5 cm) diameter. Weighs 1 lb 9.1 oz (710 g)
The frame is in good shape except for missing one club shape on the lower frame. There are no dents, cracks, or breaks. The glass jar has a rough spot on the base foot. It shows wear from resting in the metal. There are no cracks, chips, or breaks in the glass. Most of the frame still has quite a bit of silver and has polished up well. The exceptions are some of the frame’s supports, as well as the tongs.
A collectible, shiny, pickle castor to add to a collection or to hold your pickles. I love the over the top look.
Victorian Webster & Bros. Silver Plate Pickle Castor Circa 1870