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These baskets were used for sweetmeats which became popular in England at the end of the seventeenth century and were usually referred to as sweet confections. This concept originally began as a way of preserving fruit and nuts in sugar. Hester Bateman modelled her sweetmeat baskets as exact miniatures of her bread and cake baskets.
Height, to the top of the handle: 5 inches, 12.5cm.
Length: 6.25 inches, 15.63cm.
Width: 4.5 inches, 11.25cm
Mary Cooke Antiques Ltd
12 The Old Power Station
121 Mortlake High Street