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Antique Silverplate Victorian Cake Basket

Antique Silverplate Victorian Cake Basket

$175.00

This majestic Antique Silverplate Cake Basket is a lovely example of the lush aesthetic of the Victorian Era. Beautifully crafted with a gleaming opulence, the basket is a stunning work of silver craftsmanship. The Victorian era, named after England's Queen Victoria, lasted from the 1830's to the turn of the 20th century and was an era of abundance and beauty.

Framed with a richly detailed, elaborate grapevine border and sitting atop a multi-faceted star-shaped pedestal, the basket is further enhanced by a beautifully expressed handle articulating a motif of meandering vines, graceful leaves and sweet flowers. The swing handle not only tapers to a gentle connection point, it can be positioned on either side to display the versatile basket as a simple bowl. Delicate, etched scrolling floral designs add additional dimension throughout the surface. 

Ever so lovely as a focal point on display or perfect for cakes, breads or fruits, this Silverplate Cake Basket will serve you well with the certain loveliness of the Victorian era.


One-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In excellent, restored antique condition. Circa 1900. Measures 11" in diameter x 11.25" from top of handle to base. Original price $250.00.

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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