Although we have separate categories for various types of silver baskets according to their catalogue description - bon-bon, bread, cake, fruit, sugar and other unspecified - these baskets were variable in their uses. They were made in a variety of shapes including circular, oval, and rectangular, mostly with a swing handle and sides pierced with geometric or scrolling shapes. Some have four feet while others stand on a rim.
A George IV silver basket, Benjamin Preston, London, 1826 of circular form with pierced swing handle elaborately decorated with foliate motifs, the everted lip profusely embossed with birds, fruit, flowers and foliage interspersed with scrolls to textured
A sterling silver late Victorian bread/ fruit basket with pierced ring and square decoration, scroll and shell border with gadrooned edges, shield roundel panels connected by swags. London, 1896. Weight 624g. Width 22.5 cm
A Georgian Revival large silver fruit basket, of oval section with flaring walls pierced in filigree trellis pattern and raised on a conforming spreading foot with similar piercing and with a swing handle, again pierced. Presentation engraved, hallmarked L
A Victorian sterling silver fruit basket with gadrooned scroll shaped border and raised grape and leaf decoration. Shaped collar base matching swing handle. Hallmarks London, 1859. Maker E & J Barnard. Weight: 602 grams. Width 27 cm
A good Victorian sterling silver fruit basket, with pierced and engraved scroll decoration, the swing handle and ornate edge decorated with relief wheat sheaves and flowers. Walter Knowles Sheffield circa 1850. Wieght 829gm. Diameter 32 cm
A George II silver swing-handled bread/fruit basket, maker's mark obliterated, London 1751, oval form with scroll and criss-cross pierced body, engraved with a contemporary coat of arms, applied wheatsheaf, rocaille and flowerhead rim, raised on four scrol
A George III silver swing-handled bread/fruit basket, by John Lambe, London 1801, circular form, the wire-work body applied with trailing fruiting vine tendrils, centre engraved with the Royal arms, bell flower loop handle, marked on the base and handle. D
George III sterling silver foliate pierced boat shaped fruit basket by Robert Hennell on a geometric pierced conforming pedestal foot, the basket with beading to the curved rim and the reeded swing handle, the convex oval walls scrolling foliage pierced fl
George III sterling silver bread or fruit oval basket by Thomas Jenkinson the lower body of the dish with a fluted border, gadrooning to the shaped serpentine everted rim, swing handle and the curved oval foot, the well with an engraved oak leaves and acor
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