Antique Victorian C.1850 Sterling Silver Engraved Swing Handle Basket by Thomas Bradbury & Sons, Sheffield, England
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Dating to 1850, may I offer this sterling swing handle basket - brides basket that has the most incredible engraving to the bowl along with a central figure that I am still trying to figure out (a man pointing at a book?); the edging is also a bumpy gadroon pattern. The handle also has a gadroon beaded design and ends in Acanthus leaves near the hinge. No monogram either front or back.
Condition: Being vintage, there are light marks of use, storage and time. The patina is wonderfully warm and I try to only lightly polish for photos, the main polish I leave to the new owner. There are no major defects like dings, dents or ugly blemishes that might spoil the beauty of the silver.
Metal Content: Sterling Silver
Hallmarks: G (Date Code 1850), JB over TB (Thomas Bradbury & Sons), Crown (Sheffield), Young Queen Victoria Head, Lion Passant (Sterling Silver). There are also engraved jewelers marks that indicate the piece cost 20 English Pounds Sterling to create. Other scratched in numbers can be seen in my photo which usually indicate this was a custom made piece of silver.
Size: With the handle down, height is about 3-3/4"; with the handle up, another 6" is added. Top of the bowl measures 11-13/16" long x 10: wide (hinge to hinge).
Weight: 797.8 grams - about 26 ounces of silver!
Final Comments: Bradbury was a name synonymous with quality and they made a variety of silver and plated items through much of the 19th cent. and early 20th cent.
Just an unbelievable piece that would make the most incredible present to a bride!
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C.1850 Thomas Bradbury & Sons England Swing Handle Basket