An early English sterling silver basket of oval form with a fruiting vine swing handle and bead borders. First year of George III’s reign. 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. Very heavy weight. Weight 1369 grams, 44 troy ounces. Height 28 cms to top of handle). Top measures 35.5 x 30 cms. London 1760. Maker Arthur Annesley.
This lovely antique basket is in very good condition with no restoration. Excellent weight. The silver marks on the base are clear. The handle is unmarked. There are some minor dents to the bottom rim and a number of pin prick marks in the bottom centre.
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.
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.