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Sterling Silver Sweetmeat Basket - Antique Georgian (1791)

A fine antique Georgian English sterling silver swing-handled sweetmeat basket; an addition to our ornamental silverware collection

SKU: W8004
Sterling Silver Sweetmeat Basket - Antique Georgian (1791)
Sterling Silver Sweetmeat Basket - Antique Georgian (1791)


This fine antique Georgian sterling silver basket has an oval rounded navette shaped form onto an oval collet style foot.

The internal surface of this silver basket is encircled with bright cut engraved simplified foliate festoons with a central floral motif, suspended from a circular anchor accented with an undulating pensile ribbon design.

The body is further ornamented with a bright cut engraved and pierced decorated leaf border accented with a stylised trefoil design to each incurve.

The exterior surface of the basket is embellished with a bright cut engraved crest depicting a lion's head affronté, erased and collared, grasping in the mouth a lock of hair.

The rim of the basket is encircled with impressive applied reed decoration.

This Georgian basket is fitted with a fine hallmarked swing handle, ornamented with further reed decoration.

The plain oval shaped central well of this basket is plain and unembellished.

The foot of the basket is embellished with pierced vertical pale ornamentation in addition to a reed decorated border to the rim.

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Maker: Unknown
Date: 1791


This antique basket is a very good gauge of silver, fine quality and is in excellent condition.

There are a few minor dings to the surface of the basket; this does not detract from the aesthetically pleasing appearance of the item.

Full hallmarks struck to the exterior surface of the basket are all very clear; the overstruck maker’s mark is partially worn.

The lion passant mark struck to the handle, as to be expected is very clear.

Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of this piece of Georgian silverware.


Height to top of handle 13cm/5.2"

Length 17.6cm/7"

Width 11.5cm/4.3"


3.5 troy ounces/109g

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Andrew Campbell started trading in antiques during the 1970s. Initially, Andrew lived in the South of England, travelling the country, searching for items of silver to buy. Andrew sold these items at various London markets and antique fairs. Over time, and through selling at a range of venues, Andrew built up a large and diverse customer base from private buyers to national and international trade customers.
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