A sterling silver sweetmeat basket in navette-form having reticulated sides and a bead molded swing handle with pierced cast leaf motifs at the ends and raised on tightly scrolled feet. Hallmarks for George Collins, London, 1813. 4 troy ounces, 7 inches long, 5 1/2 inches wide, 2 1/2 inches high.
according to Arthur Grimwade, George Collins was entered in the London Goldsmith's Guild in 1813. The date letter stamped into the underside of the basket is S indicating that this beautiful object was created in 1813. No repairs and in perfect, original condition.
Sweetmeat baskets are among the most ambitious objects fashioned in silver in the late 18th and early 19th century. Sweetmeats are sugary confections served at the close of a meal.