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Sweetmeat basket

Sweetmeat basket

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1770-1771 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, rasied, stamped and pierced.

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Arthur Hurst

  • 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

Sweetmeat basket, silver, the sides stamped and pierced with flowers and ears of corn resting on a spreading foot, the swing handle of twisted ribbon.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1770-1771 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silver, rasied, stamped and pierced.

Marks and inscriptions

London hallmarks for 1770-71


Height: 5 in, Length: 6 in

Object history note

Bequest - Arthur Hurst
Acquisition RF: 40 / 434

Descriptive line

Sweetmeat basket, silver, London hallmarks for 1770-71.




Raising; Stamping; Piercing

Subjects depicted

Corn; Flowers


Containers; Food vessels & Tableware; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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