Webster Sterling Silver Art Nouveau Basket This Art Nouveau Sterling swing basket from circa 1910 was artistically created by the Webster Silver Company. It has embossed roses arched cut work that resemble an arched garden gate. The top edge
News-Antique.com - Mar 25,2011 - George K. Webster founded Webster Silver Company in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, in 1869. The Webster sterling silver products are identifiable through its unusual hallmark, the letter "W" with a feathered arrow flying through its center, from left to right. This Webster hallmark is prominent on an array of sterling silver items, from small and intricate to large and exquisite that were artistically created. George K. Webster personally oversaw and supervised every aspect of the production process, which explains the uniformly high standard of design and craftsmanship of items that bear the Webster signature. Some of these items may be described as "luxurious" because of their craftsmanship. It's distinctive hallmark may be seen on some of the sterling silver items that have come up for sale online and in antique stores
In 1958, the company bought the Frank W. Smith Silver Company of Gardner, Massachusetts. Subsequently, George K. Webster Silver Company became a subsidiary of Reed & Barton, silversmiths whose own founding dates back to 1824
This basket with pierced handle which is a swinging handle but still is tight to the basket and is fluted with six flutes, each flute has a hanging Art Nouveau style with embossed small roses as if they were coming from a plant and the open work simulates a arched garden gate. This basket has additional cut work on the edge of the top the fluted top edge of the basket which is embossed roses and embossed bows with a Art Nouveau swirl at the end of each flute. It has some dimples commiserate of its age and they are minor in the base of the basket. This basket is circa 1910. It is 7 7/8 inches across and 7 inches high with handle.