Very unique Victorian silverplate cake basket!
The inside of this lovely basket has an unusual engraving featuring scarab beetle medallions flocked with ivy leaves and flowers. Around the center well, there is an engraved leaf garland. I have never seen this design before.
The basket has a prominent wide skirt with ribs and beading, matching the band around the base. The openwork handle is made up of pretty flowers, reeds and scrolls. Very detailed design work...when I turned it over, I could see a garland of leaves encircling part of the pedestal, hidden unless viewing from below.
It is marked on the bottom with "Aurora SP. MFG. Co. Warranted Triple Plate 1842". This company was located in Aurora, Illinois from 1869 until 1915 but this piece would date to the 1870's or 1880's.
Measurements: 9-7/8" wide across the skirt; 7-3/4" wide bowl section (not counting the smooth top rim); 5-1/8" wide circular base; 5-1/4" tall at top rim of bowl; about 11-1/8" tall to top of handle finial when in the raised position.
Very good condition with the only wear showing just around the center well in the basket; some scattered marks and nicks but overall a real beauty! Very slightly not perfectly level but as far as the eye is concerned, it looks straight. It has been freshly but gently hand polished and is in ready to use condition. A very unusual piece in nice condition overall!