I am delighted to offer for your consideration a fabulous victorian era (circa 1880) die-away ruby satin quilt mother of pearl square brides bowl presented on a highly collected and unique Middletown #714 silver plated basket.
The satiny smooth mother of pearl ruby die-away pink brides bowl measures 9.5" square and stands 4" tall. It has an applied glass ribbon rim and the deep ruby glass gradually shades to a lighter hue of raspberry and eventually a lusture white at the base. The interior of the bowl is snow white. The contrast of the two colors make its exterior all the more dramatic.
The pink satin mother of pearl brides bowl sits atop an impressive basket. The quadruple plate Middletown brides basket is the perfect size and of the proper stature to hold such a substantial bowl. The basket measures almost 15.5" tall and its shelf that supports the bowl spans a diameter of 8". The etched and designed 5.75" raised base features a stag, under intersecting branches, jumping over a pile of logs. A trio of large leaves rest against the wood pile. The edge of the supporting bowl shelf is adorned with a tear shaped scalloped edge. Adding visual drama to the height of the basket, a central beaded wheel can be found in the center of the handle with fluted flowers and long stemmed cherries found on either side.
This is a fabulous victorian brides basket. The brides bowl and basket are in excellent condition. There are to minute flat spots on on side of the bowl but I believe this occurred in the making of the glass. There are no chips, flea bites or cracks. The Middletown stag brides basket in also in excellent shape. It was extremely soiled with built up tarnish and I did a medium cleaning so I could say with certainty that there was no real loss of silver plate. It is a fine specimen and can be polished more should the new owner desire. I also note that one side of the branch with cherries is not attached to the handle while the other is attached. Those are the only issues to note.