A wonderful antique silver basket. It bears the hallmarks for London, 1784 and the maker's mark of one of the most celebrated silversmiths, Hester Bateman. It is beautifully made in sterling silver and there is no mistaking its unique quality and design, which is sure to make it a treasured piece by any discerning collector. This basket is beautiful and features fine elegant engraving. It is sure to make an outstanding contribution to your collection. Measurements: H 27cm x W 37cm x D 24cm Weight 26 troy ozs Condition: This handsome basket is in excellent condition. Please see photos for confirmation of its condition. Hester Bateman Hester Bateman, the most famous of all women silversmiths, registered her first mark with the London Goldsmiths Company on the 16 April 1761 at the age of fifty two. She was widowed by John Bateman in 1760 and took over his metalwork business transforming it into one of the most successful silversmiths workshops. Located in Bunhill Row, London with her sons John, Peter and Jonathan and later her daughter-in-law Ann married to Jonathan, their son William and grandson William II became highly skilled silversmiths working at the Bateman workshop, producing some of the best silver pieces of their generation. The main reason for their success was due to Hester's attention to design and detail to quality. All the pieces that left the workshop would be inspected to the highest standard and with this attitude the business grew. Many pieces of Hester's silver show identifying characteristics such as beading around edges and the fine designs of bright-cut engraving. Keen collectors can recognise these pieces even before they pick up the item to look at the hallmarks. This awareness has helped many a collector and dealer searching through silver in shops, antique fairs and auctions. They received many commissions from The City Guilds, private houses as well as religious establishments. One such item, requested by St. Paul's Cathedral, London was a Verger's Wand which can be seen in the Cathedral and is still in use today, I am sure Hester would be very proud of this.
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