‘Pickled cucumbers,’ observed Edmund Yates in 1879, are
…never eat by anybody but Jews, and never seen elsewhere; they’re said to be reg’lar good eating, but I never heard tell of a Christian who tried one. But the Jews – Lor’ bless you – they hold em in their fists, and bite away at ’em like boys do at lollipops!” … the denizens thereof will eat pickles at any time, no matter whether onions, cauliflower, cabbage, or what not, and will drink the pickle-liquor “as you would a glass of sherry.
–The Victorian Dictionary,
Lee Jackson, compiler. http://www.victorianlondon.org/