American 1920 Vintage Navette Sweetmeat Basket With Handle In .925 Sterling Silver
Sterling silver navette basket with handle.
Elegant sweetmeat basket tray with a fixed handle, crafted with an oval navette shape in solid .925/.999 sterling silver, back in the 1920's. This tray is decorated with fluted scalloped patterns and mounted in four stylized legs. The side panels are decorated with pierced perforations to recreate organic patterns.
Weight: 369.5 Grams, (236.85 Dwt).
Measurements: 292 mm by 178 mm by 205 mm (11.5 x 7.0 x 8.1 Inches).
Hallmarks: Stamped with the maker's mark of an armor with a 6, the model numbers, the silver assay mark and signed, "STERLING C 3705".
History: When silver baskets first appeared around the 17th century they resembled the original, practical and rudimental woven straw or wooden baskets used in agriculture. By the late 18th century, under the influence of neo-classical design, baskets were replaced by lighter more delicate forms which were die-stamped and fly-pierced or made from silver wire. With changing menus and eating habits, not only were silver baskets used to hold bread, but more ornamented baskets, often with swing handles were used from the 19th century to serve cakes, sweetmeats and bon bons. During the Victorian era in the mid 1800’s, small baskets were used with centrepieces and epergnes to compliment and further ornament designs. The term "sweetmeat" dates back hundreds of years and refers to small confections such as candied fruit, gilded nuts, sugared comfits, and crystallized flowers
Note: No monogram or dents.
Condition: The overall condition of this piece is excellent. Beside the little normal wear, there is no damage to the sterling silver. This basket was recently polished and has been carefully inspected to guarantee the condition and authenticity.
INVENTORY REF: D100822AARH/10.95