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 fine Edwardian gilded sterling silver Sweet meat basket, 1907 London, with maker's mark for Lionel Alfred Crichton, the heavy gauge gilt washed basket of flaring oval form with a swing handle, pierced and profusely decorated to the body with flowers
A pair of sterling silver Sweet meat baskets, 1908 Chester, with maker's marks for George Nathan and Ridley Hayes, the swing handled rectangular baskets of tapering form with a fluted design to the body surmounted by a pierced quatrefoil gallery, the pedes
A pair of sterling silver Edwardian sweetmeat baskets, 1904 and 1908, with maker's marks for C S Harris & Sons Ltd, the oval baskets of neoclassical design with piercings, laurel swags and paterae throughout, with beaded edges and swing handles and raised
An early George III sterling silver sweetmeat basket, 1772 London, with maker's mark possibly Ma, the reticulated chalice raised on a pedestal foot, with Adams style swags and cast classical scene roundels, the lower section with a radiating feather design
A George III silver sweetmeat basket, oval shape with everted rim, the sides decoratively pierced with scale and flowerhead patterns, the rim with a twisted gadroon and floral border, the swing handle of twin plyed ribbon work. London 1770. Weight 125gms
A sterling silver bon-bon basket walker & Hall, Sheffield, 1918/8 the hexagonal basket with a rolled edge and plain upper register above a finely pierced register, on a moulded hexagonal foot. Height 5 cm. Width 9 cm. Weight 57.5gr.
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