George III Silver Sweetmeat Basket


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Object Description

A classic style antique sterling silver basket with swing handle. Small size, possibly a Georgian epergne basket. Attractive cut work design incorporating scroll, ring, star and flowerhead motifs. Hand engraved monogram to the centre.
Weight 127 grams, 4 troy ounces.
Height 4.2/10.5 cm. Length 14 cm. Width 12 cm.
London 1764.

Maker Samuel Herbert & Co.

Samuel Herbert, London silversmith, apprenticed 1736 to Edward Aldridge I, of the Clothworkers Company, and goldsmith of Gutter Lane. Free 1744. 1st mark as largeworker entered 1747. 2nd mark as Samuel Herbert & Co 1750 (initials SH.HB), this unnamed partnership was very likely to have been with Henry Bailey who was apprenticed to and then journeyman to Edward Aldridge. In 1763 Herbert took Burrage Davenport as apprentice. Herbert’s workshop specialised in pierced platework particularly baskets and some epergnes.

Object Condition

The basket is in very good condition. Stamped with a full set of English silver hallmarks on the outside of the body, handle with lion mark only. Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

Object Details

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By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)207 288 1939
+44 (0)7904 297419

Dealer Location

Vault 31-32
The London Silver Vaults
53-64 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1QS

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