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More Antiques Roadshow - the bit you won’t see

The silver expert at the Antiques Roadshow looked at the cake basket made by Paul Storr, which was used at officers’ dinners. I learnt quite a bit, apart from the fact that it is actually a bread basket.
Paul Storr (born 1771 - died 1844) was the most prominent silversmith artist and craftsman of the Regency period. His pieces are considered to be of the finest standard.
Paul Storr was apprenticed in 1785 and by 1796 had set up his own workshop in London. Such was the quality of his work that soon after 1800 he was working for Rundell Bridge and Rundell - the royal goldsmiths.  Then in 1811 he became a partner of Rundell's, where he stayed until 1819. Orders for presentation and ceremonial silver from corporations and distinguished families began a prolific period in his career and many important items of high quality were made.
The bread basket in the collection dates from this time, hallmarked 1811-12. However, although a quality piece with a nice half-fluted design, it was probably a stock item, rather than being a special commission. It would have been engraved at the time of the order with the number ‘6’ and the ‘antelope’ for the Regiment, rather than being later additions, as there were separate engraving workshops on site.
Unfortunately use in the officers mess and polishing over the years has reduced the value of the item. The bread basket is also not currently on display in the museum (but like other objects can be viewed upon request given due notice).
The BBC will not broadcast the two programmes made from the day at Charlecote Park until spring 2012 as part of a featured Shakespeare Season.

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