Charming antique English pierced electroplate silver basket with scalloped beaded border, movable handle and interesting paw feet, snake / ram head shape legs ending in vine leaves. The bowl is marked on the underside GS and GOUGH in shields, the marks of William Gough, a silversmith active in Birmingham England in the 1840 to 1870 period. He was in partnership with John Smith (until 1855) and John Bartlet Silvester until 1870 which explains the letter "S" in the mark. The firm exhibited its wares at the Birmingham Exhibition of 1849 and at the Great Exhibition (London) of 1851. We have seen similar items imported by New York retailer Brothers John Cox and James Cox who were active until the 1850's. In very good used condition with dark patina and minor signs of wear as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: 8 1/2" at widest point (handles) by 7" tall in upright handle position and 2 3/4" tall with handle down approximately.
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