An early English silver basket of oval form with a fruiting vine decorated swing handle and traditional bead borders. First year of George III’s reign. Very heavy weight. The attractive wirework design has applied decoration of vine leaves, bunches of grapes and wheat stalks which have been stamped and chased and then soldered onto the wires. This type of ornament shows that this basket would originally have been used for fruit or bread.
Weight 1369 grams, 44 troy ounces.
Height 28 cms to top of handle). Top measures 35.5 x 30 cms.
Maker Arthur Annesley.
Arthur Annesley, London silver maker, no record of apprenticeship or freedom. Only mark entered as largeworker 1758.