This vintage solid copper basket dish has an unusual embossed decoration of poinsettia flowers - the Christmas plant. It measures about 7-1/2 inches diameter by 6 inches high to the twisted copper handle. The underside is marked Hammercraft, Made In Canada.
The embossed flower detail is very realistic and skillfully executed. The basket has a wonderful dark warm brown patina. The black outlining appears to be an manufacturer applied finish called antiquing to simulate age. It should be removed easily by cleaning or polishing though of course that would destroy the fabulous patina. There's a very small, minor amount of verdigris in some the design folds. The camera flash enhanced it, it's not nearly as noticeable as it seems in the photos. There are also 3 or 4 tiny flecks of enamel paint. These are usually easy to scratch off but again, I didn't want to do anything to damage the patina.
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