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Victorian Silverplate Christmas Cake Basket

Victorian Silverplate Christmas Cake Basket

$350.00

As if plucked from the pages of "A Christmas Carol", this incredible Antique Christmas Cake Basket is a sumptuous treasure from Dicken's Victorian England. Capturing the lavish opulence of the Victorian era, this gleaming basket was a Christmas gift to a teacher from her pupils in 1879.

From the engraved inscription at the center of the basket:

"Presented to Miss Ida S. Smith, 
By Her Pupils
In
Hutcheson's Girls School,
Christmas 1879."

 

The basket itself is beautifully detailed with a swing handle in the form of a branch along with rich embellishments around its border including a lovely wooden trellis covered in climbing roses, leafy ivy tendrils and abundant hops vines. 

Produced in Sheffield by the long-shuttered silversmiths of Martin Hall & Co., this exquisite, heirloom Christmas Cake Basket is perfect for cakes, breads or fruits. It is sure to serve you well at Christmastime and throughout the year with the certain loveliness of the Victorian era.


One-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In excellent, restored antique condition. Measures 12.75" x 10.25" x 11.25" tall from top of raised handle to base.

Learn More About Cake Baskets

Decorative silver baskets for bread, cake, flowers or fruit became popular in England during the Georgian period, and continued to flourish during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. There were several reasons for their popularity: firstly, decorative silver baskets make excellent centerpieces. During the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian eras the wealthy and middle classes loved to throw dinner parties. Displaying silver tableware and centerpieces was a means of demonstrating their wealth and taste.

Secondly, during these dinner parties, the handles of baskets ensured food could be passed around the table by guests rather than being served by staff; especially shared foods - such as bread, fruit, cakes and sweet treats. Cake baskets in particular, typically had a rolled-back rim so the guests could see the delicious baked goods readily from the table.

Lastly, the more types of serving pieces included on the dinner table, the more cultured and knowledgeable you were perceived to be.

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