Early Victorian Silver Plate Folding Biscuit Box / Warmer

Early Victorian Silver Plate Folding Biscuit Box / Warmer


MAKER: Fenton Brothers
ORIGIN: England (Sheffield)
MATERIALS: Silver Plate
PERIOD: Victorian
STYLE: Aesthetic
HEIGHT: 25 cm / 10 inches
WIDTH: 20 cm / 8 inches
DEPTH: 15 cm / 6 inches
WEIGHT: 1.5 kgs / 53 oz

This biscuit box is a desirous and highly sought example of Victorian design. Made specifically to warm biscuits by an open fire for afternoon tea of as a post dinner treat.

Externally, the design takes a natural motif with the handle, support and legs formed in the shape of tree branches and sticks. 

Opening the two sides with their wreath shaped pulls handles reveals an internal space with elegantly pierced grills for the biscuits as they warmed. When opened, the trays discreetly collapse into the centre to allow easy access to the two boxes.

You will see in photo 10, there is some rubbing to the plate at the top of one side. Assuredly, this does not detract from the piece's beauty.

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