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George III Silver Sweetmeat Basket

Date: 1766

Country: England

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A very pretty antique sterling silver swing handle basket of small size. Possibly a Georgian epergne basket. Lovely pierced design decorated with flowerheads and foliage. Cast and pierced handle. Owners initials engraved to the underside.

Good weight 183 grams, 5.8 troy ounces.

Height 4.5/12 cm. Length 16.2 cm. Width 13.1 cm.

London 1766.

No visible makers mark. 

Literature. Sweetmeat Baskets are usually miniature versions of a cake basket of the same period. This useful item is still made today but with a change of use as a bonbon or sugar basket (sugar baskets are either unpierced or contain a glass liner).

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