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1785-1800
Origin: England, Sheffield or Birmingham
OH: 2 3/4" OL:10 3/4" OW:8 3/16"
Fused silverplate (Sheffield plate); gilding
Gift of Dr. Lowry Dale Kirby.
Acc. No. 1985-49
Fused silver-plate basket with gilding: Body of oval plan with openwork boarder at rim of moderate width with running pattern of slender tripartite leaf forms forming an arcade enclosing acanthus leaves; face of border enhanced with engraving and gilding (the remainder of piece ungilded); reeded mouldings applied above and below border; openwork sides composed of repeat of plain narrow wire loops everted at top and curving inward at base and soldered to face of foot ring; short oval foot ring enclosed at top with plain oval disc with concave face forming base.
Provenance:Dr. Lowry Dale Kirby, Nashville, TN