Pickle castors are functional and useful. The ornate silver frames typically bear fanciful figural flowers, cherubs or animals. This is a guide for collectors in determining the best Victorian silver pickle castors for their collection. A pickle castor is a silverplated frame with a fitted glass container. Nature is a common theme, with birds, animals and even bugs typically embellishing the silver frame. New pickle castors are available throughout the antiques market. The brand-new frame in Fig. Despite its remarkable appearances, the frame in and several other styles of frames have actually been reproduced for many years. In this post, we’ll talk about the most common reproduction pickle castor frames and the common new inserts with which they are usually combined.
The normal type is a detachable glass container held in a metal frame. The vast majority of the metal frames were silver plated. An enamel embellished ruby glass inverted thumbprint insert in a plated frame by Adelphi Silver Plate Company in 1890 expense $6 wholesale. A 1900 brochure of Lapp & Flersheim in 1900 offered a cut glass insert in quadruple plated frame for $5.00. The bulk of old frames, 90-95%, are marked with the name of the silver plate manufacturer such as Meriden, Pairpoint, Wilcox, and so on, marked in the base. The absence of a factory name by itself does not prove a frame is brand-new.
Glass inserts were rarely signed or marked with factory or studio names. Some better pieces, such as Mt. Washington glass, for example, might have painted shape numbers however hardly ever any other mark. The existence or absence of a mark on the glass insert is no assurance of age. Previous Wright sales representative W.C. “Red” Roetteis told ACRN that Wright sold the brand-new frames from the 1960s through about 1990 when the frames were stopped.
Although we show these earlier frames here, they are no longer available to the best of our understanding. The only new frames we could validate are presently being made are the 2 styles shown in Figs. 1 & 2. Details of these existing brand-new frames are shown in close up in (Figs. 5-8). Both Wright and AA offered their inserts and frames as sets and as separate pieces. This implies purchasers must be particularly alert to blended and “wed” castor sets (brand-new inserts with truly old frames and really old inserts in new frames).
In the Victorian days, Pickle Castors were a common table device. The Victorians were masters at combining type & function. The Victorian table, when totally set, included a chest of utensils and serving pieces in ornate patterns and styles. Silver plated pickle castors with glass inserts were utilized to display and serve little pickles and relishes. A practically boundless variety of castor stands and inserts can be discovered attesting to their appeal and usefulness.
This long forgotten serving piece is a highly collectible art form and a fantastic method to bear in mind the graciousness of those earlier times. A lot of the items enhancing Victorian tables remain in antique shops today. Pickle castors, a popular item, are to be discovered in lots of shapes and sizes. Typically made with a jar in a pressed glass pattern with a silver plated cover in a plated container, the complete ones include tongs or a pickle fork. Pickle castors with colored glass or uncommon pressed glass patterns are limited and consequently more expensive.