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Silverplate Brides basket and Victorian Art glass insert

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Posted 6 years ago


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This is a nice Victorian art glass brides basket with an original silverplate holder.

The glass is cased and shades from a light green to red on the edges. The basket has a polished pontil on the bottom and is in excellent condition.

The holder is by Meriden.

Most of these found today are marriages (which this may be), but the basket is a perfect fit with no play.



  1. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks for looking Manikin.

  2. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks dah and hedgewalker.

  3. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks thiftfan and aycockonxion.

  4. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    I think the name came from its original purpose to hold a brides wedding flowers. However, I believe that they became a decorative gift item popular in the Victorian home and not solely for wedding use.

  5. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks Alfredo and Kerry.

  6. josette_16, 6 years ago
    Scott is right about why they were commonly referred to as bride's basket (to hold flowers) but they definitely served a specific function after the wedding. The master and mistress's mail and calling cards while they were out were placed in this decorative basket. In Victorian times, calling cards were typical and left when one called on mistress or master and they were out (visiting others and riding in their carriages, perhaps). This purpose was still in fastion in the early 1900's through the roaring 20's.
  7. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks for looking Shawn.

  8. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks bratjdd.

  9. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks parker and lonnad.

  10. Paul71 Paul71, 6 years ago
    Original catalogs of the various manufacturers refer to these simply as "berry dishes." They were popular for wedding gifts, hence the modern collector's term "Bride's Basket".

    These are a little big for calling cards. Card receivers average about 5" to 6" across. They are usually in the form of a plate, many times on a pedestal.
  11. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks Paul-- for the information on period catalogs. I have seen a lot of references to these being used for bridal flowers, so I would think that "brides basket" is a Victorian term.

  12. Shawnl86 Shawnl86, 5 years ago
    Can't believe I missed this one, love the red cased glasd edge and such a wonderful silver brides bowl holder, I need one!
  13. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    Thanks shawn-- sorry it took me almost a year to respond!

  14. MJTuc MJTuc, 4 years ago
    I'll tell you why I love this stuff.. I use to date 9 (there no such thing as a 10 in females) The rewards I would get by purchasing works of art like this.. So I love it too now. I hope that doesn't sound arrogant, nevertheless I'm into it..

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