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This tiny silver basket is a nineteenth century souvenir of two English architectural landmarks. One side features a repoussé image of of George IV's Brighton Pavilion. The statue of George IV at Brighton decorates one of the ends of the basket under the handle. With gratitude to my new friend Marlene Arditto who contacted me from Sydney, Australia, I now know that the church is St. Peter's Church, also of Brighton. The structure as it appears on the basket matches an 1824 John Bruce engraving of the architectural plan for the church called "View of Brighton New Church." The spire in the proposed plan was abandoned by the time the church was completed in 1829. Bruce's engraving was modified in 1829 to reflect its lack of a spire. The silversmith who made this basket modeled the scene very exactly on the earlier Bruce engraving of the proposed plan for a church complete with spire.

Marlene also informed me that the basket used to have a pincushion inside of it making it a useful little souvenir sewing object indeed.

There is only one mark on this tiny piece, it is a maker's mark, an indistinct HP in a rectangle. It could possibly Henry Potter (not to be confused with John Henry Potter), a silversmith who worked in London in the second half of the 19th century. The piece has no other mark so I do not know the silver content.

The top edge of the basket is decorated with serrations and two of them are gone. Some of the others are slightly bent. One of the photos shows the basket sitting next to a 1£ coin for scale.

The basket measures 28 x 19 x 19 mm. It is 32 mm high with the handle up.

ITEM ID
M180809
ITEM TYPE
Antique
PURPOSE
Baskets, Sewing, Souvenir
STYLE
Georgian, William IV
COLOR
Silver
AGE
19th Century

Brighton Pavilion Souvenir Silver Pincushion Basket

$325

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