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Artisan Wicker Baskets

Our superb hamper baskets are hand-crafted from willow by artisans in China.
All the willow used to produce our basket ware is coppiced from fast-growing regenerating crops that are cultivated solely for this purpose, sustaining traditional farming methods without the use of any chemical application.

The baskets are then steamed twice [the finish then described as ‘double steamed’) to create a rich deep colour, and The East India Company chop mark is then applied to the lid, a mark of luxury.

Next, a fine cotton lining is added to the wicker basket and finally, the baskets are finished off with our preference of dark brown faux leather straps.
Our wicker baskets are waiting to be filled with treasures.

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Lasting Memories Hamper with 2022 Aesop’s Fables

This Christmas, we invite you to share the joy of collecting and making treasured family memories with our Lasting Memories Hamper.

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There is no better gift than that of treasured memories and this festive season, we want to make it easy for you to create yours with your little ones. Our Lasting Memories Hamper features one of two of our limited edition Aesop’s Fable coins. Choose from ‘The Hare & the Tortoise’ with its message of slow and steady wins the race or ‘The Goose that laid the Golden Egg’, teaching the fundamentals of not giving in to greed.
Sitting alongside these beautiful coins, complete in their fully illustrated story book by designer Heena Rai, are four festive milk chocolate coins, a tin of warming hot chocolate, intoxicating spiced biscuits and a bottle of Port for the grown ups to enjoy. Teach your children or grandchildren important life lessons while you all indulge in the finest festive treats. There is something for collectors young and old this holiday season.

Product Detail

There is no better gift than that of treasured memories and this festive season, we want to make it easy for you to create yours with your little ones. Our Lasting Memories Hamper features one of two of our limited edition Aesop’s Fable coins. Choose from ‘The Hare & the Tortoise’ with its message of slow and steady wins the race or ‘The Goose that laid the Golden Egg’, teaching the fundamentals of not giving in to greed.
Sitting alongside these beautiful coins, complete in their fully illustrated story book by designer Heena Rai, are four festive milk chocolate coins, a tin of warming hot chocolate, intoxicating spiced biscuits and a bottle of Port for the grown ups to enjoy. Teach your children or grandchildren important life lessons while you all indulge in the finest festive treats. There is something for collectors young and old this holiday season.

Specification

  • Alloy

    Silver - 925Ag with colour

  • Denomination

    50p

  • Weight

    8g

  • Authority

    St Helena

  • Diameter

  • Edge

    Plain

  • Issue limit

    3500

  • Total Mintage

    3500

Stories

The Story of Hampers

There is an undeniable frisson of excitement when opening a hamper, exploring the depths, and unearthing exciting foods that wouldn’t normally be on the shopping list. Hamper gifting not surprisingly, has a long tradition. The word ‘hamper’ is derived from a French word ‘hanapier’, meaning something that holds a cup or cups - ‘hanap’ itself being an old Germanic word for a drinking vessel.

It is believed that William the Conqueror brought the tradition to England from France in the 11th Century, wicker hampers full of food and clothing being given to the poor. Centuries later, it was wealthy Victorians who popularised the gifting of hampers, either for friends or for members of their household staff, particularly at Christmas.
The Victorians built railways, so hamper gifting grew across the country as speed of delivery meant foodstuffs arrived in perfect condition – the Amazon Prime of the day. Simultaneously in America, gift baskets [a hamper is a laundry basket in the US] were delivered from East to West. Later, boxes of home comforts were sent by loving families to the front line and hospitals in WW1, making life just a little less unbearable.

Today, hampers take many forms, whether wicker, wooden or card, and might contain artisan or exotic foods, fine wines and small household items. It is a thoughtful gift, the giver mindful of what the lucky recipient likes, but always with a little something extra to surprise.

Choose from ‘The Hare & the Tortoise’ with its message of slow and steady wins the race or ‘The Goose that laid the Golden Egg’, teaching the fundamentals of not giving in to greed.

There is no better gift than that of treasured memories and this festive season, we want to make it easy for you to create yours with your little ones.

  • FAQ

    What is the difference between maximum mintage and issue limit?
    Maximum mintage is the total number of individuals coins which will be struck, this includes coins presented is sets. The Issue limit refers to the number of coins which will be sold in the specific presentation.

    What if the maximum mintage and issue limit is the same?
    This means the coin will only be available in the presentation shown and will not be issued in any other way.

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