Victorian Fruit Basket Wa Tufts Quadruple Silver Plate Signed 2770 Lady Fairy
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Victorian Fruit Basket Wa Tufts Quadruple Silver Plate Signed 2770 Lady Fairy:
This sale is a lovely centerpiece basket, I am sure it is for fruit or cake. It is marked on the bottom with "James W Tufts - Boston - Warranted Quadruple Plate". It has the number "2770". It also has the four point star with the "T" in the center. I found a similar piece, a cake dish in the 1899 James Tufts Catalog Supplement, page 56, at the Smithsonian online Library. The amazing details of the Victorian scene are exceptional and depict a Lady with Cupid or a Fairy whispering in her ear, or giving her a kiss. The basket stands about 11-1/2" long, 9-1/4" wide. With the handle it is 8-1/4" tall. The basket without handle stand 2-3/8" tall. The handles are connected at the sides with little pieces decorated with ducks. The edge is like a pie crust in shape. There are 4 feet and they are decorated with fruit. For its age the basket is in good condition. It is heavily tarnished. The handle has worn down to the brass. There are tiny scratches at the corner of the ladies mouth. They are not deep and should darken with age and blend in. This is an As-Is sale so please see all photos and feel free to ask questions.
The basket would make a lovely display piece as well as being useful to hold fruit, candy, letters etc.