A GEORGE IV SILVER BASKET, WILLIAM ELLIOT, LONDON, 1822, PROBABLY RETAILED BY THOMAS HAMLET
flaring open-work basket form applied with cast fruiting vines, the upper rim cast with roses, the lower rim decorated with ornate scrolling foliage, flaring diamond-cut glass bowl
27.3cm., 10¾in. diameter
1737gr., 55oz. 16dwt.
This is part of a larger object. Clear marks. Exceptional gauge and quality. No obvious losses to the applied vines. The cut-glass liner is heavy damaged and probably later.
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Presented to Joseph Hume M.P. (1877-1855);
thence by family descent
The present basket forms the the terminal of a table centrpiece, broken down over time to be shared among family members. By family tradition this centrepiece was originally presented to the Liberal radical reformer Joseph Hume M.P. (1877-1855). Sir Robert Peel described him as "the man for the times" with the welfare for his constituency and the country his ruling principle.