George III Silver Sweetmeat Basket

Date: 1776

Maker: James Stamp

Country: England


A classical style antique sterling silver basket with twist design swing handle.  Small size, possibly a Georgian epergne basket. With a cut work border and applied harebell swags with tassles.

Weight 127 grams, 4 troy ounces.

Height 5 cm/12 cm. Length 14.1 cm. Width 10.5 cm.

London 1776.

Maker probably James Stamp.

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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