Antique George II Silver Basket


Stock: 9082

Date: 1750

Maker: Samuel Herbert And Company

Country: England

A rare George II sterling silver basket of oval form with swing handle. Excellent weight and colour. The basket has...

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A rare George II sterling silver basket of oval form with swing handle. Excellent weight and colour. The basket has a pierced body with a vine decorated cast silver border and it stands on four cast lions paw feet. At this time baskets were used mainly for bread and fruit. The swing handle features a finely modelled animals head to both sides just above the hinges. The centre has a large hand engraved cartouche enclosing an armorial and above is the motto “Luceat et Crescat”. Weight 1600 grams, 51.4 troy oz. Height 28cm (total including handle), 8 cms (basket only). Top measures 34 x 28.5cm. London 1750. Maker Samuel Herbert & Co.

Signed/Inscribed: The motto “Luceat et Crescat” means “Let it shine and grow”.


This lovely antique basket is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Stamped underneath with a full set of clear English silver hallmarks, handle unmarked. The cast decoration and engravings are still crisp. Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

Maker Information

Maker: Samuel Herbert And Company

Samuel Herbert, London silversmith, apprenticed 1736 to Edward Aldridge I, of the Clothworkers Company, and goldsmith of Gutter Lane. Free 1744. 1st mark as largeworker entered 1747. 2nd mark as Samuel Herbert & Co 1750 (initials SH.HB), in parnership with Henry Bailey who was apprenticed to and then journeyman to Edward Aldridge (the Constable’s Book for the precinct of St Leonard’s, which included the southern part of Foster Lane, includes Bayley and Herbert in the list of New Comers in 1750. In 1763 Herbert took Burrage Davenport as apprentice. Herbert’s workshop specialised in pierced platework particularly baskets and some epergnes.

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