Cake Basket

Cake Basket

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Bail-handled, circular tray on a four-legged stand with a gold-washed, winged putto holding grapes perched on a ball at center between them. Tray has raised sides and an everted rim with projecting, curvilinear pendant collar featuring bright cut, Eastlake-style motifs; interior is flat-chased or -stamped with diagonal ribbons against flowers and two pairs of winged putti kissing. Crossed, scroll-ended bars with relief-decorated, curvilinear brackets form handle and four legs; triple semicircular fan finial tops handle, while legs end in flat discs for feet. Underside of one foot os struck with an incuse circular mark containing a pointed shield bordered by "MERIDEN / B. COMPANY" in sans serif letters above "1751"; another foot has a pointed oval.
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Object Name
basket, cake
date made
patent date
Meriden Britannia Company
place made
United States: Connecticut, Meriden
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
gold (gilding material)
electroplated (overall production method/technique)
overall: 9 1/4 in x 11 7/8 in x 10 1/8 in; 23.495 cm x 30.1625 cm x 25.7175 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Insilco Corporation
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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