Epergne Basket

Small, bail-handled, raised and pierced oval basket on cast openwork oval ring of ruffled S scrolls and flowers with four C-scroll feet. Applied cast rim of intertwined reverse C scrolls and a garland of trailing flowers. Piercework design consists of eight panels separated by vertical ribs alternating between two of scrollwork and two of crosslets. Hinged, openwork handle has reverse C scrolls connected by flowers with a flower at bow. Inside bottom is engraved with a crest of a falcon on heraldic wreath. Basket interior struck below one handle with four hallmarks, a lion passant guardant in clipped-corner shield, "W·P" in raised roman letters in indented rectangle, crowned leopard's head in round-bottom shield, and the raised gothic or Old English letter "I" or "L" in a surround.
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Object Name
date made
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
overall: 5.6 cm x 12.8 cm; 2 3/16 in x 5 1/16 in
overall: 2 1/2 in x 6 3/8 in x 5 in; 6.35 cm x 16.1925 cm x 12.7 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
place used
ID Number
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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
Gift of Mrs. Hugh E. Cailler
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