Lovely pieces Christine
I agree, the crimped edge is so similar and the colour of trim and handle is almost identical. These seem to be across the board techniques many Stourbridge factories had in common.
When you look closer as you suggest, I can see the width of the trim is different and the main body of each piece seems not only different in colour but also in technique - this is very subtle and not unlike my two vases where the inner colour bleeds through more (difficult as they are from the same factory), however the depth and sharpness seems different, this is best seen in the bases, your taller basket has sharper lines and a more defined pontil not unlike my single vase â€“ that seems the key factor if you were to dispute over manufacture â€“ to my untrained eye at least.
I don't know enough about the handle techniques, I guess many were interchangeable from factory to factory - the 'thorny' handle on the first is my favourite (so naturalistic), even though I have cut myself on some elaborate pieces in the past :roll:
Do you have any ideas on attribution, I have looked at 100s of pieces in the last few days in my books and get 'Victorian Vaseline Vase/Basket/Bowl, Epergne'....ahhhhhhhhh â€“ named attributions seem a bit unsafe unless there is a label or mark.