9305. Antique Georgian Silver Basket - Price £4,750

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A superb Regency period sterling silver basket of oval form with swing handle. Very heavy weight. The decoration is very fine with cast silver mounts in deep relief. The body is pierced, has a flower and shell decorated cast silver border, and stands on four cast shell feet. The decorative centre has a hand engraved lion crest. Weight 2123 grams, 68.2 troy oz. Height 30cm (total including handle), 12.5 cm (basket only). Top measures 37.2 x 28.5cm. London 1817. Maker William Eaton.

Biography - William Eaton, no record of apprenticeship or freedom. 1st mark entered as plateworker 1813, 2nd mark 1824, 3rd mark (2 sizes) 1825, 4th mark 1828, 5th mark (2 sizes) 1828, 7th as spoonmaker (2 sizes) 1834, 8th (4 punches) 1836, 9th 1837, 10th (2 sizes) 1840. Specialist spoonmaker. Possible connection with Eley, Fearn & Chawner who were neighbours at his 1728 address at Lovels Court. His work was always of good quality.

Condition - This lovely antique basket is in very good condition with no restoration. Stamped on the body with a full set of clear English silver hallmarks, handle with lion and head. The cast decoration and engravings are still crisp. There is a small fault line on the inside of the handle, close to the hinge – see final photo.
Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

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