George III Silver Sweetmeat Basket


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Object Description

An elegant antique sterling silver basket with twist design swing handle. Small size, possibly a Georgian epergne basket. With cut work borders and harebell trails.
Height 4.9/12 cm. Length 15.4 cm. Width 13 cm.
London 1793.
Maker probably Charles Aldridge & Henry Green.

Charles Aldridge, apprenticed to his uncle Edward Aldridge 1758, free 1766. 1st mark as plateworker , in partnership with Henry Green 1775. 2nd mark alone 1786. 3rd small mark 1789.Henry Green, free of the Girdlers Company 1772. Mark entered as plateworker, in partnership with Charles Aldridge, 1775. 2nd mark alone, 3 sizes, 1786.

Object 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).

Object Condition

The basket is in very good condition. Stamped on the border next to the handle with a full set of English silver hallmarks, handle unmarked.
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

Dealer Opening Times

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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