Rare 1790 Sheffield Basket

This oval biscuit basket is 6 3/4" long, 5" wide and stands 7 1/2" tall.  It is attractively engraved with straight and serpentine bands as well as bright-cut details.  The unique form, style and construction suggest this unmarked piece was made circa 1790 in Sheffield, England.  The handle is removable.  To the best of my knowledge this basket is unique, as I have not seen another in person or illustrated.  The basket is heavily constructed and in very good condition.

Item #6-438