Cake Basket

Bail-handled, raised and pierced oval basket on pierced and tapered oval foot. Applied cast rim of scalloped gadrooning and a garland of laurel leaves and berries accented by roses and violets; gadrooned band at foot. Piercework design consists of eight beaded X's connected at their bottoms with scrollwork between their upper arms and alternating panels of three different diaper patterns between them; matching quatrefoil diaper pattern for foot. Hinged, openwork handle has gadrooned ovals connected by laurel berries across its serpentine bow and reverse C scrolls at ends. Basket exterior struck with four hallmarks, "W·P" in raised roman letters in indented rectangle, the raised gothic or Old English letter "I" in a surround, lion passant guardant in clipped-corner shield, and crowned leopard's head in round-bottom shield. Bottom underside scratched with a series of numbers; three centerpunches.
Currently not on view
Object Name
basket, cake
date made
1764 - 1765
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
overall: 8.6 cm x 35.7 cm x 20.3 cm; 3 3/8 in x 14 1/16 in x 8 in
overall: 4 3/8 in x 14 in x 11 5/8 in; 11.1125 cm x 35.56 cm x 29.5275 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bequest of Kate Session Marsh
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