494. Fine Victorian Sterling Silver Fruit Basket Atkin Brothers Sheffield 1893. 268 grams

Superb Late Victorian Heavy Gauge Silver Oval Centerpiece or Fruit Basket of heavy gauge quality, with stylish fleur-de-leis fret-work with lavish embossed floral and swag decoration, standing on a raised oval spreading base with similar decoration. 

Mark of H for Atkin Brothers. 

Sheffield Hallmark for 1893. 

Condition: Good allover condition, nice clear markings, with no imperfections, removals or alterations. 

Width: (top rim) 9.25” (23cm). Height: 2.25” (5.75cm). Depth: 6.75" (17.5cm).  

Weight: (an impressive) 9.6ozs.  (268 grams). 


Atkin Bros. Harry Atkin: The firm traces its establishment to Thomas Law in mid 18th century. It was succeeded by Henry Atkin and John Oxley trading as Atkin, Oxley & Co. In 1840 Henry Atkin continued the trade as Henry Atkin & Co at 32 Howard Street, Sheffield. After his death, his brothers Harry Wrigth Atkin, Edward Thomas Atkin and Frank Shaw Atkin continued the business as Atkin Brothers. The firm was converted in 1925 into a limited liability company under the style of Atkin Brothers (Silversmiths) Ltd. In 1958 the flatware business was sold to C J Vander of London and the holloware business to Adie Brothers of Birmingham.