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George III Silver Sweetmeat Basket

Date: 1770

Country: England

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A very pretty antique silver swing handle basket of small size. Possibly a Georgian epergne basket. Attractive cutwork design decorated with flowerheads and other motifs. Cast and pierced handle.

Weight 111 grams, 3.5 troy ounces.

Height 5.2/12.8 cm. Length 15.2 cm. Width 12.5 cm.

London 1770.

Maker’s mark “S.B”.

Sterling silver.

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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