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Sweetmeat basket

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1777-1778 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hougham, Charles (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Dr R. C. Jackson

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

A sweetmeat dish is a type of dish which came in various forms, styles and sizes. It was used for serving sweetmeats which were small shaped pieces of confectionery consisting chiefly of sugar or chocolate with flavouring or filling at the end of the meal. At the end of the 18th century these items were made both in silver and Sheffield plate.

Physical description

Silver, pierced and engraved, oval with pearled edges and swing handle, decorated by slit piercing, rosettes and scroll borders.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1777-1778 (made)


Hougham, Charles (maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

London hallmarks for 1777-8

Mark of Charles Hougham


Height: 5 cm, Width: 15.5 cm, Depth: 11.75 cm, Weight: 103.7 g, Weight: 3.33 troy

Object history note

Bequest - Dr R C Jackson
Acquisition RF: 23 / 6300

Descriptive line

Silver sweetmeat basket, London hallmarks for 1777-8, mark of Charles Hougham.




Raising; Piercing; Engraving (incising)

Subjects depicted

Scroll-work; Rosettes


Containers; Eating; Metalwork; Food vessels & Tableware


Metalwork Collection

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