An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Georgian English sterling silver sweetmeat basket; an addition to our ornamental silverware collection.
This exceptional antique George III sterling silver wire basket has a plain rounded oval form onto a swept foot.
The body of this impressive basket consists of wirework pales accented to the interior surface with applied and embossed fruiting vine ornamentation and grape clusters.
The rim of the basket is encompassed with a plain applied undulating border.
This Georgian basket is fitted with a fine and impressive swing handle, embellished with barley twist terminals incorporating a central handpiece ornamented with further applied fruiting vine decoration.
The anterior portion of the rounded base is ornamented with a contemporary bright cut engraved crest of between wings two hands clasped together in a handshake.
The concaved central well of the basket is plain and unembellished.
This impressive basket retains an original invoice from the prior purchase in 1968; the calculation of historical inflation is the equivalent of pound sign3,443.66.
Height to top of handle 12.6cm/5″
5.2 troy ounces/160g