This is an amazing piece of vintage history. Very ornate and detailed.
J.E. Caldwell & Co. opened in 1839 in Philadelphia, PA.
I have no information as to the year this piece was crafted but the identification marks might give a better clue.
However, these baskets were crafted from mid 1800's through early 19th century.
Per Photo: Bottom of base reads:
J.E.Caldwell & Co
(makers mark symbol)
NS497n (has been etched in)
Inside basket - 12-1/2" x 8" (see photo)
Width of handle on the top is 1-3/4" wide
Diameter of base is 6-1/4"
Narrow portion of the basket stem is 8-5/8" around
The basket weighs 3lbs 4.7ozs (converts to 1494 grams)
The large engraved monogram on one side features a center letter "K" but I am unable to decipher the other two letters. Possibly an "A" and a "J".
The ornate pierced pattern has flowers & scrolls on each side of a medallion motif.
Four large medallions circle the base.
One large centered medallion is flanked on two sides by a smaller medallion.
Scalloped edges on the top of the basket give it a very feminine detail.
Scalloped edge and base edge has a small leaf "rope" design.
See all photos for details.
Basket has been cleaned and polished to the best of my ability but I would recommend a professional cleaner deal with all the "nooks & crannies" that need special care.
A glass insert is recommended if basket is to be used as a vase.
Surface scratches due to age but no visible dents or nicks.
Bride’s baskets became extremely popular in the 1880s as a luxury gift for a bride on her wedding day.
An elegant expression of beauty, love and graciousness, silver baskets made were used in weddings in the
early 19th century by flower girls to scatter flower petals down the church aisle.
By the mid-1800s, wealthy brides used silver baskets during their wedding ceremony.
It was also customary to place the basket on the main table during the reception meal to showcase the bridal bouquet. Afterwards, the basket was used as a vase (smaller baskets were used to serve cake, sweets or fruit while entertaining.)
It was prominently displayed it as a centerpiece on their sideboard during elaborate dinners for friends & family.
Please contact me with ANY questions about this lovely piece of history.
I have described this piece to the best of my ability. Sotheby's estimated the value at $2500-$3500 this year.
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