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Nantucket lightship purse basket

Date: 1966
Dimensions:
Overall: 180 x 277 x 185 mm, 0.6 kg
Medium: Rattan, wood, whale bone
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Jess Aland
Classification:Tools and equipment
Object Name: Basket
Object No: 00029448
Place Manufactured:Nantucket

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    Description
    This Nantucket lightship purse basket was made in Nantucket, Massachusetts in 1966. The basket, made of rattan, wood and whale bone, is inscribed with the name Laura Elizabeth Haywood Nantucket 1966.
    SignificanceThis basket is an example of the ways in which whale bone was used in functional items during the mid 20th century.
    HistoryNantucket lightship baskets were originally made by the men stationed on the South Shoals Lightship, 42 miles southeast of Nantucket Island, during the first half of the nineteenth century. The baskets were woven over moulds made from discarded spars. Cooperage terms such as board bottoms, staves and hoops are used for the basket parts. The tradition was revived with the development of the Purse Basket which has a woven hinged cover, often with embellishments reminiscent of scrimshaw. Over time fashionable women carried the lightship baskets as handbags.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Nantucket lightship purse basket

    Primary title: NANTUCKET LIGHTSHIP PURSE BASKET INSCRIBED 'LAURA ELIZABETH HEYWOOD'

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    Maker: S Gibbs

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