Antique silver plated cake basket, American, Simpson Hall Miller
Silver plated swing handle bread basket or cake basket by one of the foremost American silversmiths of the 19th century - Simpson Hall Miller. The basket dates from 1866 to 1898, when the maker was merged with the International Silver Company. It is marked by the maker as "Quadruple Plate" and is pattern number 1666.
The detail and quality of this item is quite outstanding. Every part of it is fabulously detailed, with an intricate pattern to the inside edges, a raised floral motif or badge to the centre matched by a flower at the top of the handle. The metal floral fretwork to the handle, outside edge, legs and base support is truly amazing - all done in a heavy, very robust blue-grey metal - probably pewter or Britannia metal. This is a very sturdy basket and good for many decades yet!
This would be a most impressive item from which to serve bread rolls or individual cakes or pastries, and a great piece for collectors of items in the elaborate style of this period.
Length is 25 cm/10 inches. Width is 18 cm/7 inches. Maximum height excluding handle is 10 cm/4 inches.
Condition is commensurate with age and use, but functional and very sound. There are multiple scratches to the upper surface and some of the floral motif decorations are missing. Some of the plating is dulled and the blue-grey of the base metal predominates. There is a brace missing from the top inner handle (only decorative so does not affect function). However, this dish remains a stunning example of the detail and workmanship that is the trademark of this famous American silversmith.
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