English Sterling Silver Fruit Basket Wm Smiliy 1853 Worked Only 12 Yrs. For SaleRARE ENGLISH VICTORIAN STERLING SILVER SHELL & SCROLL FRUIT BASKET; RARE LONDON MAKER WILLIAM SMILY; EXCELLENT CONDITION
We are pleased to offer this Victorian sterling silver floral on satin fruit basket.
Made in 1853 by the only briefly listed (12 years) William R. Smily. First mark 1842.
Classic raised circualr form.
Beautifully hand carved leaf and floral sprays, along rim. United by wispy vine.
Side panels with leaf and floral displays in exceptionally high relief. Suspended by twin diamond tapestry panel.
Well cast pierced floral and vine scroll C-scroll handle. Rising from satin surface feathered acanthus terminal and thick barrel hinging.
This rare William Smily 1853 sterling silver fruit basket is 10 1/2 inches across and 9 inches tall.
Exceptionally thick, heavy guage sterling construction it weighs 24 1/2 (standard) ounces.
Hallmarked as shown.
In excellent condition. Rich, lustreous sterling patina throughout. The beautiful shell and floral decoration retains its original crisp, vibrant hand chased detail. Stands perfectly firm on table or display shelf. Handle well hinged and remains upright when desired.
For the discerning collector of the finest English silver. An exceptional early Victorian sterling silver shell and floral fruit basket.
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Remember these are antiques with expected wear normal use. Returns because you failed to read the listing correctly, or we did not note the tiniest few scuffs, shallow pinhead bumps or mildly bent rim is not acceptable. Nor do we accept returns based on buyer's remorse.
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We received favorable notice in the March 12th, 2006 New York Times. Page 8, Business Section, in a well written article on silver collecting. Copy furnished upon request.
From our personal collection, an elegant mid 19th century coin silver basket, from John and Edward Moore, of Tiffany fame. Illustrated in the cover article of May/June 2008 Silver Magazine, page 27.
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