Learn about Cake Basket

Popularly known as a cake basket, these baskets were probably also used for bread and fruit. They were introduced between 1730 and 1750, and at this time were usually oval in shape. Most cake baskets have a swing handle and pierced body. On important examples, the bottoms are engraved with armorials. Their popularity continued until the third quarter of the 19th century. Although oval shapes continued to be made, there were variations introduced and the designs became more flamboyant.

Learn about Baskets - Silver

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.
These items are not for sale and the descriptions, images and prices are for reference purposes only.

Victorian sterling silver stemmed cake basket shaped circular form, with pierced decorations and swing handle, floral and rococo scroll rim, London, 1862

An elegant oval Continental silver cake basket, circa 1900, German, the boat shaped basket with a lobed scrolling rim, with a striking embossed honeycomb design throughout, well finished cut out handles at each end, centred with applied knotted initials to

An Austro-Hungarian silver cake basket, 1838 Austro-Hungarian, with loth mark 13 for.812 fineness, the rectangular basket with sides richly embossed and chased with roses and foliage having ornate handles to the short ends and centred with an applied motif

A sterling silver cake basket, John Hunt and Robert Roskell, London, 1866, having a double scroll handle, the central reserve flanked by a lozenge diaper ground, with reeded rim, supported on a spreading oval foot, marked to underside 'Hunt & Roske

A George III sterling silver oval cake basket engraved with a crest by John Hutson, London, 1788, 36 cm wide. The crest is probably that of James Ebenezer Bicheno (1785-1851), author, botanist, farmer, naturalist and Colonial Secretary of Van Diemen's Land

A George III sterling silver cake basket, Rebecca Emes and Edward Barnard, London, 1809 having a reeded loop handle, reeded rim, decorated to the centre with men harvesting with scythes, supported on a spreading ovoid foot 880 Grams, 24cm high, 31cm wide,

A Victorian sterling silver cake basket, 1876 Sheffield, with maker's mark for Henry Wilkinson, a circular pedestal cake basket with beading to the rims and swing handle, with a reticulated feature to the rim and lightly engraved Greek key fret, anethemion

A sterling silver cake basket together with a pierced cake slide London, circa 1873, Makers mark John Kilpatrick London, circa 1843, Makers mark We 616grms, 152grms total silver weight

A fine Russian silver cake basket, 1890 Moscow, assay mark A.A and maker's mark for possibly Nicholai Ivanov, of waisted bowl form raised upon a spreading foot, with a gilt washed interior, and a knopped swing handle, finely decorated in the pan-slavic man

A sterling silver cake basket, Samuel Hayne & Dudley Cater, London, circa 1852 inscribed to underside of foot 'To Alice Cowell, From Phillip & Alice Toledo. in Affectionate Remembrance of Nov.R. 9t.Th. 1869.' 1070grs total silver weight, 35 cm diameter

A fluted circular William IV sterling silver cake basket maker's mark Robinson, Edkins & Aston / Birmingham /, circa 1839, 30.5 cm diameter, 896grs. Total weight of silver

An Edward VII silver cake basket Birmingham 1909, of oval form with pierced decoration and swing handle. 466 gm, 9.5 cm high, 27.5 cm long, 20 cm wide

Paul Storr, swing handled silver cake basket, with scalloped circular body with floral foliate motifs and crested to the base, a matching reeded swing handle, on a plain scalloped spreading foot, London 1819. Weight of silver 380 grs, height over handle 17

Edwardian sterling silver cake basket by Atkin Brothers Sheffield, 1903 with shell motif borders, engraved decoration length 26.2 cm. Height 18 cm weight 655gm

Peter and William Bateman, sterling silver cake basket, of oval navette shape with averting rim applied with reeding enclosure, band of Greek key decoration and frieze of foliate scrollwork, having a reeded swing handle and mounted on a spreading foot, bea

A George II silver cake basket, Peter Archambo, London, 1738, the oval basket and foot ornately pierced and decorated with arabesques, the interior and everted rim cast and engraved with scrolls and shells with a swing handle issuing from mask terminals 16

A George III silver swing handled cake basket, London 1808, 9 x 38 cm

A George III silver cake basket, Paul Storr, London, 1802, the pierced oval body with fluted decoration and gadrooned rim, centred by an armorial cresting, swing handle; 973gms. Width 38 cm

A Continental silver cake basket, boat shaped, with a floral pierced border beneath a loop swing handle, raised on an oval foot with an egg and husk flower border width 39 cm

An early George III silver cake basket, by Edward Aldridge English, circa 1766 41 x 35 cm. Width 41 cm. Depth 35 cm.

A George III sterling silver cake basket, maker's mark Richard Morton & Co. Sheffield, last quarter 18th century of shallow elongated oval form with pierced and bright-cut borders below a loop handle raised on an oval foot 730 grs. Total weight of silver 5

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