The pitchers were often made of silver or silver plate — and the latter was 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
Satin-finish silver tilting pitcher water set
Victorian tilting water set in silver
Antique silver tilting water pitcher set from 1889