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Victorian Silverplate Footed Cake Basket

Victorian Silverplate Footed Cake Basket

$275.00

This gorgeous Silverplate Cake Basket is a magnificent find for sure. Standing elegantly on four claw and ball feet, the basket has lush, scrolling openwork designs and a lovely scalloped edge that is finished with a bead border. A heraldic shield with the letter B at center decorates the top border and the basket has a beautifully formed bead pattern swing handle. 

Found at market in the north of England, the basket is perfect for cakes, breads or fruits. Sure to bring beauty and grace to your home, this gleaming basket will serve you well with the certain loveliness of a bygone era.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In excellent, restored antique condition. Measures 5"H (10.5" with handle raised) x 11.6"L x 10"W.

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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