As was done in Victorian homes, why not put your best baked goods (or perhaps treats for a very spoiled pet) out for display within a flashy silver plate container to impress your guests? In this fabulously decorative example, the maker placed the rounded box on its own, similarly-shaped tray to give it stability and even more presence.
The plate was cut-out extensively and intricately in traditional designs with two rows of cut-out ovals to comprise a border at the top and the bottom. The engraved lid rests on a single large hinge that operates efficiently. On the top of the lid is engraving of additional designs radiating around the oval convex center. There is a pretty filial on top of it for opening.
Both sides have well-defined ram’s heads with rings protruding from the sides to assist in lifting and lowering the substantial biscuit box. The tray has a double row of rope-like decoration that matches that on the top edge of the box. Inside is a frosted glass liner that is removable for cleaning. The whole box with its glass liner rests on four squat bun feet. There are silver plate marks on the bottom of the piece.
The condition is excellent, especially for its age and type. The hinge is in good working order and the silver plate shows only a bit of normal wear. The frosted glass liner has one small hole at the bottom at the seam; however, this does not interfere with its use.
This is a beautiful quality example, and as such, deserves a prominent place on any table.
From handle to handle it measures about 8 inches. It is 8-1/2 inches high to the top of the filial, and it is 7-1/4 inches deep.
Victorian Mid-19th Century Silver Plate Biscuit Box