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.
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 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
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
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 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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