Nantucket Bread Basket

Nantucket Bread Basket

425.00

A classic oval woven vessel with a traditional white ash base, hand-tapered and beveled cane staves, and fine cane weaving.

Woven by a Massachusetts native with 17 years of experience in the art of traditional Nantucket lightship basket weaving. Generously proportioned and with bone buttons on the handles, this basket arrives stamped by the artist. This basket adds Mayflower charm to the annual Thanksgiving feast. Generously proportioned, this versatile gathering vessel may be used to store potatoes or onions in the kitchen, collect garden vegetables, or as storage for a collection of sea shells, 

The Massachusetts Wampanoag Indians taught the early settlers of Nantucket how to weave utilitarian baskets out of local materials. Sailors on whaling ships of the early 1800's began to make more refined solid wood base and rattan weavers baskets as a way of passing time during months at sea with materials crew members purchased during journeys to the South Pacific.

As the art of the Nantucket basket evolved, moulds made from cut up ship's masts were employed to make practical vessels for carrying berries, vegetables and mercantile purchases. Sweethearts and wives benefitted from the artisanal sailor hobby and soon a Nantucket basket became a stylish sign of islanders and visitors alike that has endured for two hundred years.

HANDMADE MASSACHUSETTS, USA

15" L x 8" W x  4 1/4" H 

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