These pickles recipes were inserted between a series of English dishes, the roast beef etc., so they are western-style pickles. We’ll see how they compare with local acha/achar when we get to those recipes.
“Pickling spice” is a combination of spices used for pickling, as the name indicates, but the exact combination is flexible. Nowadays, you can buy commercial packaged ‘Pickling Spice’, for example from the brand McCormick. However, I’m not sure what mixture of pickling spices this recipe intended, and I wonder if the typical combination of spices has changed since the 1950s.
I’ve wondered if these recipes are in my grandmother’s handwriting as there are several instances of other people (unidentified!) who have added recipes into the notebook. Initially, I was convinced it was someone else as the wavy underlining was uncharacteristic of my grandmother, but now on closer inspection of the various letter formations, and comparing with other recipes written with different writing instruments throughout the notebook, I do think it’s my grandmother’s handwriting after all.