“Antique of the Week”: Pickle Castors

Pickle castors and tongs were probably first used on Victorian tables.  The attendant tongs were always available for retrieving the pickle.  These castors usually consisted of a silver plate frame and tongs or a fork with glass inserts and were used to display and serve small pickles.

North Carolina Interior Designer Kathryn Greeley presents antique pickle castor

This elegant Victorian castor above, circa 1880, was produced by the Pairpoint Manufacturing Company in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  I love the circular base and arched top!

North Carolina Interior Designer Kathryn Greeley presents antique pickle castor

Pickle castors with colored glass or rare pressed glass patterns are scarce and consequently, more expensive.  But wouldn’t they add a nice bit of color to your luncheon table!

And don’t forget my yummy lime pickles recipe from The Collected Tabletop to fill your antique pickle castor! That recipe can be found HERE.

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2 Responses to “Antique of the Week”: Pickle Castors

  1. Raven says:

    Hi Kathryn, I have been doing some research on antique pickle castors as I would like to acquire one for my mother for Christmas. However, I am not having much luck finding out the following: How do you know when you have found an antique piece versus a reproduction? Would there be a stamp on the bottom with the date or who produced it? I just want to be sure to get her a legitimate piece and not a reproduction. Thanks!

  2. Kathryn says:

    Hi Raven,
    Most of the pickle castors I have seen do not have a mark. I believe that you just have to know the dealer you are purchasing from and depend on their honesty. I have only purchased antique castors and really haven’t seen any reproductions. Sorry I can’t be of more help.

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