The pitchers shown here are from 1889, and were made of silver or silver plate — the latter being a very popular gift item for weddings and other significant life events, or as a prize.
Most pitcher sets came with at least one matching cup, which fit neatly into the stand, as seen below.
Victorian-era embossed old silver tilting pitcher set
Silver-plated tilter water set from the Victorian era
Antique Satin-finish silver tilting pitcher water set
Victorian tilting water set in silver
Antique silver tilting water pitcher set from 1889
Antique engraved tilting pitcher water set with cups
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