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Abe offers a wide selection of antique silver, Victorian silver, fine estate silver plate and quadruple silverplate holloware bride's cake baskets, fruit baskets and berry bowls and  gravy sauceboats, silverplate meat platter trays and silver plate baking vegetable dishes from many of these fine silver companies Barbour Silver, Hartford Silver, Oneida Silverplate, Pairpoint Silver, Reed & Barton Silver, Rogers Silver, Taunton Silver, Toronto Silver, Waldorf Silver, Warren Silver and Wilcox Silver.
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Silverplate Bride's Cake Basket
Antique Victorian TORONTO SILVER PLATE Bride's Basket Cake Basket Silver Plate
$̶5̶5̶.̶0̶0̶
$20.00
WILLIAM A. ROGERS SILVERPLATE Pierced & Engraved Footed Silver Plate Bride Bride's Cake Basket with Griffins
$̶2̶0̶.̶0̶0̶
$10.00
WILLIAM A. ROGERS SILVERPLATE Pierced & Engraved Footed Silver Plate Bride Bride's Cake Basket
Antique WALDORF QUADRUPLE SILVERPLATE  Silver Plate Bride's Basket Cake Dish Basket
$̶2̶5̶.̶0̶0̶
$10.00
Antique WALDORF QUADRUPLE SILVERPLATE  Silver Plate Cake Dish Basket
History of Victorian Silver Plate Bride's Cake BasketsSilver cake, fruit or brides (bride's) baskets came into fashion late in the 18th century and experienced their greatest popularity during the first half of the 19th century.  These hollowware forms were used to hold carefully arranged fruits or cakes. 

Great ceremony often accompanied the display and use of these silver and silver plated cake or fruit baskets, and the delicacies they contained.  Most American silver cake baskets and compotes had solid bodies, but a few were made of open, interlaced wirework. 

As the close of the 19th century drew near, large numbers of these dishes were made with beautiful multi-colored, ruffled glass bowls.  As the century progressed, these amenities grew more elaborate, often having an abundance of naturalistic or stylized ornament added to a complex shape.  Many incorporated multi-colored ruffled glass baskets for even greater elegance.

The Victorian dining room, the main room used for many social occasions, was often used for the conspicuous display of wealth through luxurious table objects.  Principal among these displays of wealth was the silver cake or fruit basket, always replete with food.

Decorative piercing on early silver was relatively uncommon because each hole had to be laboriously cut out by hand using a tiny jeweler’s saw.  Thus, piercing was usually employed only when necessary.  The most desirable pieces are elaborately pierced, marked by a well-known and respected silver company and of substantial weight.

Cake baskets are very elegant additions to dining-room silver and remain so today.  The best silverplate baskets are of substantial weight, often with profuse foliate or animal ornamentation and with a superior finish.

Bonbon dishes were a form which developed in the 1890's in American silverplate.  Even in less opulent households, where the sweetmeat course might be served in the dining room, the silver sweetmeat basket was much in demand, for the company moved to the drawing-room after dinner and was served with wine and baskets of nuts and raisins and other confectionary delights.

History of the Silver Gravy Boat and Sauce Boat:  During the elaborate Victorian dinner, many courses called for gravy or sauce.  The silversmith made a variety of shapes and forms designed to serve all types of gravies and sauces.  The typical silver and silverplate gravy boat can be described as an elongated pitcher with a handle. 

Most silver plated gravy boats have a separate tray, but many are simply one-piece, a tray and pitcher either molded or soldered together.  Each style has its advantages.  Sauce boats are smaller than gravy boats.

Many boats originally had a matching gravy or sauce ladle, depending upon the vessel and the contents that it was to serve.  Some boats have feet in the form of shells or scrolls, while other stand on a simple applied foot or pedestal base.

A silver or silverplate meat platter typically refers to a presentation of cold or hot meats on a platter from which diners can serve themselves.  In some cases, the meats served on a platter may be thinly sliced cold cuts intended for sandwiches, while in other cases the meats may be prepared and presented hot from the oven, ready for carving or slicing.

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Antique WARREN SILVER Quadruple Plate Cake Basket, Bride's Basket, Fruit Basket
$̶2̶5̶.̶0̶0̶
$10.00
WARREN SILVER Quadruple Plate Cake Basket, Bride's Basket, Fruit Basket
Antique PAIRPOINT Quadruple Silverplate Figural Grape Motif Fruit Basket Dish Bon Bon Bowl Bride's Basket
$̶7̶5̶.̶0̶0̶
$25.00
Antique PAIRPOINT Quadruple Silverplate Figural Grape Motif Fruit Basket Dish Bon Bon Bowl
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Antique Quadruple Silverplate Bride's Cake Basket Wilcox Silverplate Company #1633
$̶1̶2̶5̶.̶0̶0̶
$30.00
Antique Quadruple Silverplate Bride's / Cake Basket Wilcox Silverplate Company #1633
Vintage Silverplate CASTLETON Gravy Boat / Sauceboat INTERNATIONAL SILVER #683
$̶2̶8̶.̶0̶0̶
$10.00
Vintage Silverplate CASTLETON Gravy Boat / Sauceboat INTERNATIONAL SILVER #683
SILVERPLATE BAKING DISHES, VEGETABLE DISHES & SERVING DISHES
Vintage SILVERPLATE Gravy Boat Sauce Boat w/ attached Under Plate EARLY AMERICAN
$̶2̶8̶.̶0̶0̶
$10.00
Vintage SILVERPLATE Gravy Boat Sauce Boat w/ attached Under Plate EARLY AMERICAN
Vintage Silverplate Pedestal GRAVY BOAT SAUCE BOAT Ornate Floral Handle
$̶2̶8̶.̶0̶0̶
$10.00
Vintage Silverplate Pedestal GRAVY BOAT SAUCE BOAT Ornate Floral Handle
WALLACE Silver Plate 16" Oval Footed Meat Carving & Serving Platter Tray #6055N Tree of Life
$̶3̶5̶.̶0̶0̶
$10.00
WALLACE Silver Plate 16" Oval Footed Meat Platter #6055N
Vintage Silverplate GRAVY BOAT SAUCE BOAT on Ornate Stand SHERIDAN SILVER
$̶7̶5̶.̶0̶0̶
$25.00
Vintage Silverplate GRAVY BOAT SAUCE BOAT on Ornate Stand SHERIDAN SILVER
Vintage Silverplate Footed Gravy Sauce Boat with Attached Underplate
$̶3̶5̶.̶0̶0̶
$8.00
Silverplate Footed Gravy Sauce Boat with Attached Underplate
SILVER PLATE MEAT CARVING & MEAT SERVING PLATTERS / TRAYS
Vintage International Silver 18" Oval CONCORD Silverplate Meat Carving & Serving Platter Tray #6410
$̶3̶5̶.̶0̶0̶
$10.00
Vintage International Silver 18" CONCORD Silverplate Meat Platter #6410
Vintage KNICKERBOCKER SILVER CO. Silverplate Footed Gravy Sauce Boat
$̶2̶5̶.̶0̶0̶
$8.00
Vintage KNICKERBOCKER SILVER CO. Silverplate Footed Gravy Sauce Boat
VINTAGE SILVERPLATE GRAVY SAUCE BOATS