Early Nantucket Basket

Early Nantucket Basket

Extended fixed-handle, very early Nantucket basket (pre-1900), made by sailors/lightkeepers off the coast of Nantucket.  The nails are oxidized with time and the hardwoods of staves, handle, rim and bottom display the patina of age.  Simple "bread-loaf" shape ensures diversified utility for Nantucket and Cape Cod daily life.  Very fine condition with only a few minor rattan repairs.  A great piece of American history and folk art rarely found today.  8 1/2" long, 4" wide.  

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