I am thrilled to offer for your consideration a fantastic victorian era (1840's) antique Mt. Washington/Webb attributed brides bowl and an incredible and rare Meriden silver plate basket.
The pearl finished opalescent brides bowl measures 12.5" across and 3.75" tall. The beautiful see through white iridescent interior has a rich gold glow due, in part, to its finish and its extraordinary orange enamel and gold gilt floral decor that encircle the bowl and fall gently down the sides. A beaded enamel band surrounds the inner base which has been adorned with a yellow enamel star pattern. The deeply ruffled and crimped edge of the bowl is also adorned with yellow enamel beading.
The unique silver plated brides basket bears the mark of the Meridian Silver Plate Co., located in Meriden, Ct., was founded in 1869 and became a subsidiary of International Silver Co. in 1896. This incredible rare designed silver plated basket is quite unique. On a raised circular platform/base a bird can be found cradled in its nest. Entwined above its head are tree limbs or branches with individual floral cherry blossom like buds. Just as in real life, a close look at the silver plated branches/limbs will reveal the knots and future buds waiting to open. The actual silver plate cup that holds the base of this magnificent brides bowl maintains the airy characteristic of this nature inspired theme with its cut out edge.
The iridescent/opalescent brides bowl and Meriden basket are in excellent condition. There is no loss to the orange enamel or gold gilt floral decorations. There are no chips, flea bites or cracks to the glass. The brides basket show no plate loss or repair.