Posted 8 years ago
It was a normal Wednesday morning in Vinnies last week: a routine visit with not so great expectations on the way to see Dad. I’m used to seeing the same rubbish that clogs up the shelf space on display behind the counter where the two volunteers are chatting between clothing purchases. I drifted around the back section and was retracing my steps about to exit the shop when I saw this on a trunk with another piece of silver plate. So this is what I had come to find?
I interrupted the conversation at the desk: “It’s not one of those antique ones!”, the two of them looked scathingly at the basket, took my six dollars and asked me if I wanted it wrapped. I wished them a good day as I put it into the bubble wrap in my shoulder bag.
At the bus stop I pulled out the trusty, travel-everwhere loupe and went looking for a signature. There is none. No mark at all. I suspect the “someone upstairs in the sorting room” had not found one either. It is not in good nick, there is corrosion and over-zealous cleaning has revealed the copper base beneath. But the design fascinated me. Six dollars worth of pleasure in itself!
When I got home I cleaned it up a bit and found even more potential beneath the silver oxide. But no marks at all. No made in Germany, England ….. nothing.
A mystery item for CW!
Off to google and the first search I put in was: “art nouveau plated silver bread”. Bingo! First line in images gave me a reference to a 2006 auction at Christies with the same design on a plate. My basket has a foot and handle.
“AN ART NOUVEAU SILVER-PLATED BREAD TRAY AND A PEWTER CRUMB TRAY AND BRUSH”
No mark on these either! (or at least no mention of marks or manufacturers.)
So over to the CW crew for comments and suggestions.
Long: 14 ins or 35.6cm.
Wide: 7.87 ins or 20 cm
High: 4 ins or 7.5 cm