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A GEORGE II SILVER BASKET
A GEORGE II SILVER BASKET

MARK OF EDWARD ALDRIDGE AND JOHN STAMPER, LONDON, 1753

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A GEORGE II SILVER BASKET
MARK OF EDWARD ALDRIDGE AND JOHN STAMPER, LONDON, 1753
Shaped oval and on four mask and foliage capped feet, with pierced and engraved foliage scroll sides, the border cast and pierced with fruiting grapevines, with overhead figural bust swing handle, later with a coat-of-arms, the handle with a crest, marked near handle
14¾ in. (37.5 cm.) wide
58 oz. 15 dwt. (1,828 gr.)
The arms are those of Middleton impaling Acton, for William Middleton (1748-1829), later created a baronet in 1804, and his wife Harriet (d.1852), daughter of Nathaniel Acton of Bramfield Hall, co. Suffolk, whom he married in 1775. He served as M.P. for Ipswich on two occasions and also for Hastings. He was a sometime supporter of Pitt but was also described as "a representative whose independence was an ornament to the British Senate."

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