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Object Name: Cake basket
Date: ca. 1835
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Medium: Silver
Dimensions: Overall: 4 1/4 x 15 1/2 x 12 1/4 in. ( 10.8 x 39.4 x 31.1 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Wrought silver cake basket; shallow, crater-shaped body with six chased panels around the interior sides; each panel decorated with foliate repoussé chasing; cast, c-scroll and foliate band applied around the rim; two cast scrolled leaf handles applied to the rim on opposite sides of the body; body seated on a six-sided scalloped, splayed foot; engraved beneath the rim, "The bequest of Mrs. Isabella Henderson to her niece Eliza I. Maitland." in script; engraved around the footring, "Presented by her to her nephew Robert Lenox Belknap. Jan. 1st. 1887. Waldron Phoenix Belknap to Waldron Phoenix Belknap Jr. Jan. 1, 1942" in script; maker's marks on the base.
Credit Line: Bequest of Waldron Phoenix Belknap Jr.
Object Number: 1950.257
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Marks: engraved: beneath the rim: "The bequest of Mrs. Isabella Henderson to her niece Eliza I. Maitland." in script engraved: around the footring: "Presented by her to her nephew Robert Lenox Belknap. Jan. 1st. 1887. Waldron Phoenix Belknap to Waldron Phoenix Belknap Jr. Jan. 1, 1942" in script stamped: on the base: "HINSDALE" in roman letters in a rectangle above two eagles in circles, above "FORBES" in roman letters in a rectangle

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The original owner, Mrs. Isabella Lenox Henderson (1757-1836), of Kirkcudbright, Scotland was a sister of Robert Lenox. A portrait of her niece Eliza S. Maitland to whom it descended is in the Society's collections.