Gill â€” I'm glad you had a good look at them.
The only one of the four I can positively Id. is the cake basket. This is by Greener. Early examples carry the first Greener trademark, a demi-rampant lion rising from a twisted rope, facing left, and carrying a star in its right (upper) paw. According to Thompson, this TM was in use c.1875â€“85. Most examples I have seen do carry this TM, although it can be very worn indeed, and you have to use a lot of detective work to find it!
The handle is a close match to Greener's registered design No. 96775 or 96776 of 27 March 1888, so replacement moulds could carry this number, typically located around one end of the handle, but I've never seen one on this particular pattern. Nevertheless it's a possibility, so I always have a look.
Around this time Greener had a policy of registering parts of designs, and then combining them. Some of their baskets carry as many as three different registration numbers, all well hidden. Many don't find any; some find one and then stop looking. These are great fun and interesting â€” quite a small collection shows the different ways they combined designs.
One day, when one of us wins the lottery, we will hire somewhere huge and cheap like Ryton for the day and get everyone to bring along their collections of pressed glass, so that we can get them together and identify marks, replacement moulds and other variations. Glen will count berries and check Carnival glass, Chris & Val cloud glass and Davidson, Richard van Riel Bagley variations, &c. I have to admit that I once had three slightly different Bagley fish plates in stock, but that was before I had a camera, so I failed to take the rare opportunity to record them.