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George III Silver Basket

Date: 1803

Maker: Thomas Wallis II

Country: England

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An elegant antique silver swing handle basket of oval form with reed borders. Lovely classical style. The body has a scalloped edge and a broad band of hand engraved decoration of flowers and leaves. Suitable for bread, cakes and candy, flowers and fruit.

Weight 833 grams, 26.7 troy ounces.

Length 36cm. Width 25cm.

Height 11cm (without handle), 26.5cm (to top of handle).

Initials engraved to the top of the handle.

London 1803.

Maker Thomas Wallis II. Sterling silver.

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 they 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.

Marks Stamped on the bottom rim with a full set of English silver hallmarks, handle with lion and makers mark.

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