9882
George III Silver Basket

Date: 1764

Maker: William Peaston

Country: England

Stock Number: 9882

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A magnificent antique silver basket of oval form with swing handle. The decoration is very fine with excellent quality hand cut pierced work to the body. Both the upper border and bottom frieze are cast with flowers, scrolls, and bells. Very good weight and colour.

Weight 1540 grams, 49.5 troy oz.

Height 28cm (total including handle). Top measures 37 x 32cm.

London 1764.

Maker William Peaston.

Sterling silver.

Marks. Stamped on the outside of the body with a full set of English silver hallmarks, handle unmarked.

Literature. Antique Silver Fruit Baskets are nearly always described as cake baskets but were more commonly used for bread and fruit. Although 17th century versions are known to exist these baskets were not commonly found until about 1735 onwards. Early examples usually have side handles or no handles and tend to be considerably heavier than George III examples and later.

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