In A Pickle.....

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Today for Coloradolady's Vintage Thingie Thursday, I thought I would share one of my MANY collections.....Vintage Pickle Dishes!

I started collecting vintage pickle dishes shortly after I learned how to can...actually more specifically, pickle. My first dish came from my grandmother-in-law. She encouraged me to bring out my pickled goods and serve them to company and for special occasions. Then I started noticing these pretty little dishes when I frequented garage sales and thrift stores. Most of the ones I have are from depression era to the 1960's, when the pickle or relish dish pretty much fell out of vogue...probably about the same time as home canning became a thing of the past. I have never given more than a couple dollars for a dish. Some are divided and some are not. Some were originally giveaway items in boxes of detergent and when you filled your car with gasoline. Some are small and others quite large. While you can find them in all colors and patterns, I am especially fond of the clear glass ones. I have to say that a pickle dish almost always is recieved with wide grins and a story of what wonderful pickles someone made or a sweet memory.

A vintage pickling booklet.

A pickle dish ready for serving

A sampling of my collection (the one from Grandma is in the middle)

3 compartments..I love the pattern on this one

I have this same dish is both a 3-compartment and 4-compartment

A sweet clover shaped dish

A sunburst pattern

A nice medium-sized dish


  1. I love pickle dishes too. I just didn't know it! And I love pickles - I'm the only one in my little family - so I could set out a feast just for me. Where do you keep them? How do you display them?

    Thanks for sharing!

  1. CC said...:

    These are beautiful..what a lovely collection.
    Back in the day,these always came out at mealtimes..why on earth did we ever stop with the niceities of setting a table?? Happy VTT,have a wonderful weekend.

  1. Love all your beautiful pressed glass relish dishes! I do have loads of wonderful memories of being a guest at someone's home after church on Sunday, and having homemade pickles in dishes just like these on the table... Sweet pickles, dill pickles, bread and butter pickles.... Yum, I loved them all. There was always a bread plate too, with a tall stack of sliced whole wheat bread (very often homebaked) and a big ball of sweet butter.

  1. P. said...:

    You know, I had to go thrift shopping for a pickle dish this past holiday season because I found myself without one. You have quite the variety here, and I love them all. Now I think I need to find me a 3-compartment dish!

  1. Diann said...:

    Your collection is about the same size as mine! LOL I didn't even know I was collecting them until I organized all my dishes!

    I really like the clover one! It is so pretty.

    I can a lot of pickles every summer. We love them! And i make lots of different kinds. Nothing beats a homemade pickle!

    have a wonderful day.

  1. Jerri said...:

    I love all your dishes. They remind me of some that we have in our family.

    And I'm also loving your chocolate cheesecake post. Yum!

  1. Vonlipi said...:

    That is a nice collection! I love dishes with compartments!

  1. What a wonderful collection, and the one from your grandmother is from the Early American Prescut collection called Star of David. I have every piece they made which was alot. I use mine for everyday table settings, altho I don't serve pickles everyday. Your plateful sure looked good....I took two tomatoes, three olives and a pickle for later...thanks...Sue

  1. Cathy said...:

    I love, love, love these wonderful little dishes. I have my grandmother's relish plate and treasure it. Thanks so much for sharing your collection.

  1. I just LOVE glass dishes. Handed down ones are the best but since I don't have many of those, I love auctions and antique stores. Just came across your blog. I love it! Glad to meet you my blogging friend!

  1. LV said...:

    These are some of prettiest pickle dishes. You really have a nice collection. Nothing wrong with the contents either.

  1. Denise Marie said...:

    Now, that is a collection. I love the 1 that looks like a corn cob. They are gorgeous.

  1. Tara Beaulieu said...:

    ooooh, ahhhhh, ohhhhhh! Drooling over here!

  1. Laura said...:

    Love your pickle dishes! My mom always used them on special occasions, and now that you have reminded me- I think I will too! Mom always filled hers with Italian stuff- marinated mushrooms, artichoke hearts, home brined black olives...yum! I cannot wait to have an occasion so I can pull out an old pickle dish. I might even have to look for some while out thrifting- Awww, see what you've done!

  1. I LOVE your collection. My hubby's aunt gave me a lot of her glass dishes, and I use them every time we have company.


  1. thasnifty said...:

    I had no idea these were called pickle or relish dishes. I spot these occasionally. They are lovely! What a fabulous collection. Thank you for stopping by my blog today.

    I am off to find your post on pie birds :)
    -brightest blessings-

  1. I have a few of these! I love the old pressed glass ones. I have a large collection of hammered aluminum, and many of the pieces made had glass pickle dish inserts. I am starting to think that a book of vintage collections specifically from bloggers might be a good idea. Thanks for the info on the dishes.
    ♥, Susan

  1. Postcardy said...:

    I love your collection. I think my mother had a pickle dish. She never did any pickling or canning though.

  1. Ann Creek said...:

    That's a fantastic collection. I bet the pickes you can are wonderful too. Very nice post.
    Tin and sparkle

  1. Dani said...:

    Very nice collection...I just love depression glass....and still so useful. We use ours every day in some way.......

  1. linda said...:

    Just stopping over via Blondie, hope you don't mind.

    Your dish collection is great! There is something so pleasing about these serving dishes isn't there!? I have a few myself and love them. I always seem to bring them out when we have company. They're very versatile.

    Have a great Thursday!

  1. ClassyChassy said...:

    There are so many types of pickles, so the compartment dishes were a great invention! Nice collection!

  1. Miri said...:

    Wonderful pickle dish collection! They're both lovely and practical-I love the beautiful clover shaped one!

  1. What a collection! I have a few myself, from my grandmothers and my mom. I never even thought about them being collectible, and I always put one on the table with pickles, olives etc. when I have people here (and we aren't just spooning them out of the jar).

    You have some wonderful pieces.


  1. Katie said...:

    Wow, they are beautiful! I collect teapots, don't you jsut love the fun of collecting! My favorite is the clover shaped one.

  1. Charlotte said...:

    Greetings from York, SC. I think I may have a pickle dish and didn't know it. Mine is rectangle.

  1. THE OLD GEEZER said...:

    I enjoyed looking over your blog
    I like the title of your blog
    God Bless You, Ron

  1. Sharon said...:

    These are so beautiful Gail. I remember my mother always using a pickle dish for company and Sunday dinners. It was clear glass and leaf shaped with dividers. It made me feel special as a child reaching for the pickle in the fancy dish :) Thanks for sharing and thank you for the memeory :)

    Have a blessed day!

  1. Coloradolady said...:

    I love them too! I just showed my son and said I may have to start looking at these with more interest when I am out...he just rolled his eyes and threw up his hands! Just what I need he says! Thanks for this post, I really enjoyed it! Have a great VTT!

  1. Carrie said...:

    What a wonderful collection...I really enjoyed looking at the shapes and pattern of each dish!
    Have a great weekend,
    Carrie - Oak Rise Cottage

  1. Beth said...:

    I love your pickle dishes. They are so pretty! This post really took my fancy - great job, interesting, and something I never would have thought of to collect.
    Blessings to you - Beth

  1. Troy said...:

    I love pickles!

    My mom had so many of these. I remember many holidays where she would get out a couple of dishes and then one of us kids would be designated to go the storage room and pick out the right number of jars of pickles from all of the kinds she made.

    We all had our favorites, and the ones we didn't like so much and it was always a treat to be the "pickle picker" as we called it.

  1. Debbie said...:

    You have an amazing collection of pickle dishes. My mom always served pickles in a divided dish and continues to do so. Recently, I was helping her clean out a china cabinet and we found three of them. So I have one, my niece has one and my mom kept one for family dinners.

  1. I've never heard about "pickle dishes", but have seen these around, now I know what it is for/called! :)
    Yours are lovely and I also like that Vintage pickling booklet. thanks for sharing.

  1. Kathleen said...:

    What a great collection, Gail! I have never seen so many different kinds..Thanks for sharing them with us!
    I bet you make great pickles too!

  1. I have a few of these I think. I had no idea they were relish dishes! You learn something new everyday...
    Thanks for commenting on my blog. I have become a follower of yours and invite you to do the same.
    Also love the chocolate cheesecake recipe! You're talking my language...

  1. Vesuviusmama said...:

    I have some dishes like this, and I didn't know what they were called. I use them on holidays when I put out garnish trays, pickles and cheeses and meats, etc. Very neat collection you have there!

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