Victorian silver plate and cobalt blue glass lined sweetmeats basket, made in England by Elkington & Co., date marks for 1856. Perfect for a sugar basket, candy dish or potpourri.
The basket form frame is styled in connected Gothic arches with a rope braided handle and rope braiding at the base. The handle has an engraved disc with the letters MH in Script. Both the frame and the glass liner are in perfect condition.
4 1/4” (10.8cm) high, 7” (17.8cm) high to the top of the handle.
5 1/2” (14cm) across the handles.
In the past, any sweet delicacy — candy, a piece of fruit coated with sugar, etc. — was called sweetmeat. ... The original meaning of 'sweetmeat' was 'sweet food'. The present day use covers candied fruit, sugar covered nuts, bonbons and candy.