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This beautifully styled rare ' Special Quality 3216 EPBM ' Brides Basket has defied all my research efforts. There are simply just too few H & E non-flatware items on record. From the styling, I might venture a guess that it could have been made well before the 30's. If anybody knows, please feel free to share with me !

The markings on the bottom are ~ See pic 3
Holmes and Edwards Special Quality
3216 (or 32 / 6)
EPBM

Looking at the condition of this antique piece, I'd venture to call it Shabby Chic but hate to place that label on such a rare item. It has numerous dings and scrapes. Someone (not me) has polished it, which although beautifies it, shows all the worn plate areas. It has fabulous patina ! It stands 19" to the top of the handle, 10.5" to the rim; the rim is 10" diameter.

Most brides baskets have an insert. This one probably did but doesn't now. I haven't tried it but it's probably water tight as is, although there is a hole in the bottom inside that goes into the hollow enclosed base area. Therefore, some sort of insert is suggested.

The handle may look crooked in the pic but isn't. The cutwork is beautiful, and note the raised embellishment on the underside of the handles in pic 5. As is the mark of a brides basket, the handle is stationary and does not fold down.

I can see this being used in a Country Wedding with lots of cotton lace being worn by Bride and Bridesmaids alike. It could be used as a decor item, filled with big blousy flowers like peonies or cabbage roses, white spider mums....or even a formal arrangement of say, gladiolas. I'm sure you have your own picture in your mind !

Here is some history on the maker ~ Holmes and Edwards Silver Co - Bridgeport CT started in 1892. In 1898 it amalgamated with 13 other independant silverware mfrs to form International Silver Company, also of CT. The combination of companies did not mean their artisanship and uniqueness were lost. The individual companies maintained separate identities. Initially the companies that joined International Silver Company did not use the standard mark of the company as a whole. Instead, the individual companies continued to use their identities and marked silverware with their own marks. Only products sold by International Silver as a parent company used the International Silver mark.


Also, because the shipping is exorbitant, remember ~ My Canadian shipping charges are calculated to a location furthest from me. If you live closer, shipping may be less in Canada. Excess shipping charges of more than $2.00 will be refunded via Paypal. This item will be shipped ExpressPost with an estimated 4 day delivery. Shipping cost to US is the same regardless of geographical location.

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ON SALE Antique Holmes and Edwards 19" Brides Basket Reticulated

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