Although C.T. & G. Fox, manufacturing silversmiths of 139 Old Street are more usually associated at this period with Lambert & Rawlings, goldsmiths of Coventry Street, they are known to have supplied a number of other London retailers. Their work was often inspired by 17th Century silver and several examples have been recorded where the original patterns were based on those of Van Vianen. A case in point is a standing figure salt, C.T. & G. Fox, London, 1858, illustrated in John Culme, 19th Century Silver, London, 1977, p. 166.
Michael Emanuel was an exhibitor of several important items at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and it is not inconceivable that this basket was made for that occasion. His business was continued by his eldest son, Harry whose exhibits at the International Exhibitions in London in 1862 and in Paris in 1867 received much praise.
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