Sugar Basket
Sugar Basket

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Antique Sterling Silver Basket made in 1905


Maker: Hancocks

An Edwardian silver swing handle sugar basket, with an openwork handle and rope-twist rim. The sides are pierced with geometrical motifs and embossed flowers.

Date 1905
Made By Hancocks
Location London
Stock Number W135x33

Out of stock

Maker: Hancocks

An Edwardian silver swing handle sugar basket, with an openwork handle and rope-twist rim. The sides are pierced with geometrical motifs and embossed flowers.

The basket has a blue glass liner.

Dimensions: Diameter 5 inches 12.5 cm, Height to top of handle 6.25 inches 15.5 cm

Signed/inscribed: 1905


This London firm was founded in 1849 by Charles Frederick Hancock (b. 1807 in Birmingham). C.F. Hancock, a previous partner in the firm of Hunt & Roskell, opened his own shop at 39 Bruton Street and soon obtained a Royal Warrant of Appointment from Queen Victoria (advertising as “successors of Storr & Mortimer”).

The firm had a manufactory workshop (closed in 1897) adjoining his premises in Little Bruton Street and retailed jewellery and silver manufactured by silversmiths as Robert Hennel & Sons, Hayne & Cater, C.T & G. Fox and others.

After the partial retirement of C.F Hancock (1866), the firm continued its activity as Hancock, Son & Co. The partners were Mortimer Hancock (son of C.F. Hancock), Horatio Stewart and Henry John Dore. After the definitive retirement of C.F. Hancock (1870), the firm’s name changed to Hancocks & Co and Charles Frederick Hancock junior (son of C.F. Hancock) entered in the partnership (1870 – 1876). Mortimer Hancock retired in 1883 and Horatio Stewart in 1885. Henry John Dore continued as sole partner until his death in 1895 when he was replaced by his widow Louisa Mary Dore (1895 – 1904) and his sons Henry Hancock Dore (1898-1914) and Alfred George Dore (1899 – 1914).

The firm moved in 1917 to 25 Sackville Street, converting in 1936 to a limited liability company under the style Hancocks & Co (Jewellers) Ltd. The firm, bought in 1992 by Stephen and Janie Burton, is still active in present days in Burlington Arcade as dealers in rare and collectible jewels.

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Delivery Charges:
For the UK £15.00
For Europe £30.00
For the rest of World £50.00
The charges are subject to change

About William Walter Antiques

At the heart of William Walter Antiques is our dedication to providing our customers with beautiful silver of supreme quality, which celebrates all that is precious about sterling silver. Customer service also being paramount, our long-standing, devoted staff team go above and beyond the call of duty for all our clients. We believe it is this combination of passion and commitment that has kept our customers with us for many years.

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