In 1875, enterprising businessman James W. Tufts open up shop in Boston selling fine silver-plated tableware and elaborate silver soda fountains. The use of silver plate rather than pure sterling silver meant that more people could afford to buy these items.
This lovely, high quality silver plated bride's basket holder/frame will showcase your bride's basket that needs a holder. The gently scalloped skirt or base with beaded edge rests on four ball feet. The attached round saucer that holds the basket has a rectangular and beaded exterior and gorgeous embossed paisley print like interior. Double wire handles arch outward and converge into one to form the top adorned with a decorative knob. On both sides are attached wonderful embossed panels of clusters of grapes nestled among leafy foliage. The saucer that holds the base of a basket insert measures 3 5/8" across, the distance across the widest part of the handle measures 9 3/4", the height from the base of the saucer to the knob on the top of the handle measures 7 1/4" and the total height of the holder/frame measures 10". The piece is stamped "T" within a four-point star and "James W Tufts - Warranted - Quadruple Plate - 170". There are no damages for missing parts; nice aged patina.