Monday, September 9, 2013


My friend and neighbor, Herb, gave me a basket of luscious tomatoes from his garden.  They looked like works of art, but tasted even better.  Before they disappeared, I thought I'd photograph them.  In a transferware bowl, of course.  All of my bowls were too big, so I decided to use my pickle dishes (the tomatoes were quite small).  A pickle dish was intended to be used for anything pickled.  I begged their forgiveness as the tomatoes were totally fresh.

Summer Tomatoes in 19th Century Pickle Dishes
The tomatoes are: Big green and yellow is Green Zebra, Big red is Arkansas Traveler,
Small gold is Grafted Sun Gold,
Small red is Sweet Baby Girl 
Pickle dishes come in many sizes and shapes as you can see in the photos below.  They are usually fairly small (4 - 6.5 inches). The above pickle dishes are: right, 5.75" by 4.75" and left, 5.25" by 4.75"

Fish-shaped pickle dish/Lakeside Meeting probably by James Keeling (1790-1832), 5.75" by 4.75", ca. 1820

Handled pickle dish/Rose pattern, 5.25" by 4.75", ca. 1825

Diamond-shaped pickle dish, 4.5" by 3.75"/Probably a segment from a pickle set, ca. 1825

Leaf-shaped pickle dish/Village Church pattern, ca. 1825

Leaf-shaped pickle dish, 6 inches/Enoch Wood & Sons (1818-1846) Sporting Series Setter, ca. 1825

Shell-shaped pickle dish/Beemaster Pattern, ca. 1820

Pickle dishes also came as a set with a tray. This pickle set is printed with birds from the Ornithological Series, ca. 1820.  The series was made by more than one factory, and the one below is not marked.
Ornithological Series Pickle Set, ca. 1820

Segments of the Ornithological Series Pickle Set

Tray of the Ornithological Series Pickle Set

If you want more information about pickle dishes, I suggest reading "Pickle Dishes & Milsey's: A social and historical commentary" by Richard Halliday;

Pickle Dishes & Milseys by Richard Halliday, 2011

No comments:

Post a Comment