These baskets grew out of the popular wedding protocol of bestowing gifts of silver during ceremonial events, like a wedding — hence the name bride’s basket. However, before the baskets would become popular wedding gifts, they served important purposes, especially during lavish weddings during the early-to-mid 19th century. The palatial baskets, then often made of coin or sterling silver, would hold flower petals scattered by flower girls. The basket would also sit atop the wedding party’s table during the reception to display a bride’s bridal bouquet. (Google)
This basket has some wear. Be sure to look at all photos.