I am excited to offer for your consideration a rare Victorian era (circa 1860's) brides basket consisting of a cranberry Nailsea art glass brides bowl and a Rogers ornate silver plated basket.
The pristine Webb cranberry satin glass Nailsea brides bowl is a rare and superb find. It measures 11.25" across at its widest and stands 4.5" tall. The cranberry cased satin glass Nailsea brides bowl is decorated on each side with marvelous pink and white enamel flowers with raised enamel center fringe and bead work. The petals of each flower is outlined in gold gilt while swirls of elegant gold ribbed foliage surround the blooms and connect the clusters to each other. Dotted among the gold trailing vines are raised gold buds. The pulled cranberry and satin white design which is characteristic of Nailsea glass is mesmerizing!!
This special and rare bowl sits atop a remarkable and very whimsical Middletown #716 quadruple silver plated basket. The basket stands 7" tall and 6" in diameter. The cherub sits in the center of a swing made of flowered vines holding a torch in one hand. There are ornate flourishes on either side of the cherub and the gorgeous detailing etched around the outer rim of the platform holding the bowl and on the front and back turned down wings.
The Nailsea brides bowl is in exception condition. The gold work and enamel decor is pristine in appearance and no wear is detected. The Middletown silver plated basked is likewise in excellent condition with no plate loss or repairs. Together the marriage of these two pieces make for one fabulous brides basket that could easily be the center of any serious collection