Material: Ash, maple, outstanding color and patina.
Condition: Very good, two splints cracked, tiny loss, handle wrap long-gone
Additional Information: The form was generally known as a fruit basket or sandwich
tray; over the years they have become known as friendship baskets.
This fancy basket is identical to larger round bottom forms yet features low sides. Fixed
notched overhead handles that were likely once wrapped together. These small round
utility baskets with pushed-up bottom may have held calling cards, fruit, or small
sandwiches. See page 48 of Legend of the Bushwhacker Basket by Martha Wetherbee
and Nathan Taylor.
Material: Oak, rattan, bottom disks appear to be whitewood
Condition: Two minor bits of rattan loss, note noticeable, displays well
Additional Information: A rarely encountered open/round fruit basket of traditional
form. Bent rattan handles held by rattan weavers; The two piece rattan rim
[interior/exterior] is laced together with rattan and affixed tiny square escutcheon pins;
closing the circumference gap is rattan laid flat; turned wood interior/exterior bottom.
Baskets are constructed of oak ribs and rims and have matching turned bottoms with
tapering edges and concentric circles; oak bentwood handles are shaped and pivot on
brass ears…good color. (Generally, very good, few rim-wrap imperfections and losses
to largest basket which can be easily and inexpensively restored by one of Nantucket’s
expert basket makers. (Large to small: h-9", dia-13"; h-8.5", dia-11.25";
h-7.5"; dia-9.25"; h-6.75"; dia-8.25"; h-6.25"; dia-7"; h-5.5"; dia-6.25")
Large double handle basket in good condition with double-wrapped rim. Handles are carved and notched. Sturdy and decorative. (Base: 17”; Mouth: 18”; Height: 14”)
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