Many of these fine Victorian silver pieces were electroplated quadruple silver. Today, these pieces like this intricate basket has become more scarce as collectors are quickly purchasing and holding on to these pieces themselves. It would be very difficult to duplicate finding a rare piece like this available on the "open market".
I have seen one , almost similar with the patina removed thus significantly lowering the value of the item. I have never been able to find an exact duplicate of this pattern and you would be hard pressed too.
Since electroplated silver occurred at the height of the Victorian period, the pieces made are always more elaborate in design than the earlier pewter, which was generally very plain and simple. Not only are the silver-plated pieces ornamented with Victorian details but they are often embellished with florid engraved decoration. Details which are no longer used, adding to their rarity. Quadruple silver plate items are NOT plated four times, they simply were plated with four times as much pure silver, known in the industry as.
925, as any other hollowware item. Quadruple silver plate hollowware was some of the highest quality made during the later part of the 19th century.
Within the silversmith and silver manufacturing industry, items marked "Standard" silver plate indicated that 2 troy ounces of pure silver were used to silver electroplate 144 teaspoons, but "Quadruple" silverplate used 8 troy ounces of silver to plate the same 144 teaspoons. Thus, Quadruple silver-plate items were four times as heavily plated with silver than items marked "Standard" silverplate. Amongst the large manufacturers, the Meriden Britannia Company, founded in 1852 in Meriden, Connecticut, became the largest maker of plated silver in America by 1863.
The item "RARE ANTIQUE VICTORIAN MERIDAN B COMPANY QUADRUPLE SILVER-PLATE BASKET 1853" is in sale since Thursday, September 21, 2017. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Silverplate\Baskets". The seller is "faridakl" and is located in Chicago, Illinois. This item can be shipped to United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Panama, Jamaica, Bangladesh, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Nicaragua, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Viet nam, Uruguay, South africa, Colombia, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman islands, Sri lanka, Maldives, Oman, Reunion, Philippines, Ukraine.