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Sweetmeat basket

Sweetmeat basket

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1801 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Alexander Field (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, raised and engraved.

  • Credit Line:

    Arthur Hurst Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The cake basket otherwise known as a bread basket or fruit basket was a particularly popular item of tableware throughout the 18th century. These baskets were usually circular, oval or boat shaped with an everted rim and a high arched, bail handle which was sometimes fixed but more often swivelling. The sides were decorated by piercing or die stamping or a combination of both techniques. The basket usually rests on a supporting rim which is similarly decorated.

Physical description

Sweetmeat basket, silver, pointed oval body with reeded rim and swing handle, engraved inside with a band of ribbon and leaf ornament, resting on a spreading foot.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1800-1801 (made)


Alexander Field (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, raised and engraved.

Marks and inscriptions

London hallmarks for 1800-01

Mark of Alexander Field


Height: 7.75 cm, Width: 17.75 cm, Depth: 12.6 cm, Weight: 167.3 g, Weight: 5.38 troy

Object history note

Acquisition RF: 40 / 434
Bequest - Arthur Hurst

Descriptive line

Sweetmeat basket, silver, London hallmarks for 1800-01, mark of Alexander Field.




Raising; Engraving (incising)

Subjects depicted

Leaf decoration; Ribbon; Reeding


Food vessels & Tableware; Metalwork; Silver

Production Type

small batch


Metalwork Collection

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