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Victorian Silverplate Cake Basket

Victorian Silverplate Cake Basket

$160.00

This elegant Antique Silverplate Cake Basket is a lovely example of the lush aesthetic of the Victorian Era.

Dressed with lavish floral garlands in repoussé relief, the basket has an elegantly formed hourglass silhouette. Delicate, etched scrolling floral designs add additional dimension throughout the surface. The ruffled edge of the basket is embellished with intricate details and the swing handle has an elegantly curvaceous silhouette topped with a gleaming ball. 

Made exclusively for Robert Livingstone Christie, a now-shuttered watchmaker and jewelry shop in Edinburgh, Scotland, this gleaming basket will be perfect for cakes, breads or fruits, serving you with the certain loveliness of the Victorian era during the holidays and the whole year through.


One-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In very good antique condition. Circa 1900. Measures 13.25" x 8" x 10" from top of 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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