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DESCRIPTION Edwardian solid sterling silver swing handled Sussex splodge basket with pierced and engraved decoration. Splodge was a late Victorian and Edwardian delicacy made from pickled insects and peculiar to East Sussex (as it is now known) and the Kent/Sussex border area. During late summer and Autumn, the landed gentry would arm their peasants with voluminous nets and send them out into the hay meadows to catch insects. The insects were pickled in cider vinegar along with some meadow herbs for consumption during the winter. Butterfly splodge was the most highly prized. The pierced decoration indicates that this is a butterfly splodge basket and most likely had a coloured glass liner originally (now lacking).
SILVERSMITH Henry Williamson Ltd.
DATE or HALLMARK 1905
ASSAY OFFICE Birmingham
WEIGHT in GRAMS 83
LENGTH 5 ", 136mm
SILVER STANDARD 925 sterling silver
CONDITION good but with several little dents, liner missing, handle stays up in most positions

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