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DESCRIPTION High quality and superb condition antique English George II solid sterling silver swing handled basket decorated with wheat, birds and a trailing, fruiting vine. Possibly once part of an impressive Georgian table centrepiece epergne but works equally well as a fully formed standalone basket. Although styled as the very much larger fruit and bread baskets of the period, this piece was intended for sweetmeats.
Note that the silversmith carefully struck his mark to the inside of the base rim so as not to disturb the elegantly curved foot but the assayer had no such qualms and strongly punched his marks to the outside. Luckily for us the result is a very nicely preserved full set of hallmarks.
SILVERSMITH Thomas Foster, a specialist basket maker
DATE or HALLMARK 1759
ASSAY OFFICE London
WEIGHT in GRAMS 152
LENGTH 6 ", 169mm
SILVER STANDARD 925 silver
CONDITION Better than excellent, will you let me say magnificent? No repairs and pleasingly patinated. It would polish up I think it should be left exactly as it is. Without any doubt, the finest example available to mankind today.

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item number m8468
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