Question: While cleaning out the attic of my childhood home, I found a game given to my late brother one Christmas. It is a “Flip Your Wig Beatles Game” copyrighted in 1964. Information about the game, its maker and possible value as a collectible is appreciated. — D.L., Barnegat Township
Answer: The game for four people, a 1964 marketing tie-in, was made by the Milton Bradley Co. of Springfield, Mass–achusetts. Founded by inventor, lithographer and patent agent Milton Bradley (1836-1911), the company was a pioneer manufacturer and publisher of American board games.
In 1860, Bradley introduced his first game, “The Checkered Game of Life,” which was an instant success. By 1861, thousands of Game of Life sets had been sold. Other popular 19th century Bradley “first” products were croquet equipment, jigsaw puzzles, watercolor sets and crayon packs.
Some of the Milton Bradley Co.’s 20th century successes are Twister, Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, Concentration, Password and Jeopardy as well as electronic games. In 1984, the firm was purchased by Hasbro.
Flip Your Wig Beatles Games in original, undamaged boxes, complete with perfect game board, all playing pieces and game decorations, have sold for $150 to $250 this year.
Question: I have an unusual heirloom cranberry-colored glass jar, 7 inches high with a silver lid. It rests in a fancy, 11-inch-high silver frame with handle. Matching silver tongs hang from a hook on the handle. Known in our family as “the pickle pot,” it served a number of purposes at our dinner table. “MB Co.” is stamped on the inside of the piece’s lid and “PMC” in a diamond-shape outline is etched on the glass jar. What can you tell me about it? — R.A., Linwood
Answer: Your “pickle pot,” customarily known as a pickle caster, is one of thousands made from the 1860s to the early 1900s. Used to offer homemade pickles, the attractive glass and metal containers, complete with serving tongs, graced dining tables.
The “MB Co.” metal stamp indicates the caster’s silver-plated frame was made by Meriden Britannia Silver Co., founded in 1852 at Meriden, Connecticut. Within several years of the firm receiving a first-place award for plated wares at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, it was considered the largest silverware company in the world.
Your caster’s jar bears a mark of Pairpoint Manufacturing Co., located in Boston. A prominent maker of cut and pressed-glass table and decorative items, Pairpoint also created innovative glass shades for Britannia lamps.
Pairpoint pickle caster containers were offered in rainbow hues, such as your jar’s desirable cranberry color. Opaque pastel glass, frequently decorated with hand-painted flowers and birds, also was a favorite.
Many of today’s collectors are paying $100 to $200 for cranberry Britannia-Pairpoint pickle casters like yours. A similar one in perfect condition with matching lid and serving tongs sold for $160 this year.
Alyce Hand Benham is an antiques broker, appraiser and estate-liquidation specialist. Send questions to: Alyce Benham, Living section, The Press of Atlantic City, 1000 W. Washington Ave., Pleasantville, NJ 08232. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters may be used in future columns but cannot be answered individually, and photos cannot be returned.