Posted 4 years ago
I just got this recently. This style of basket was popular in the 1880's - 1920's and was called a "Victorian Star Handkerchief Basket". This is a most unusual basket form and quite difficult to make. It is 8 inches square by 1.75 inches high from bottom to top of lid. It has a round lid to cover the diamond shaped opening and it is 6.75 inches in diameter, the ones made later (1920+) have a square lid that was turned to cover the diamond shaped opening. The handkerchief I have inside of the basket was made by my great grandmother. I have kept the handkerchief in a plastic sleeve so it does not get dirty, but took it out to take it's picture with this beautiful basket.
The wrapped ring closures are there on both the lid and one end of the basket, one goes inside the other to keep the basket closed. This is made on a foundation of blue/green dyed brown ash wood, traditional basketry material of Maine and Eastern Canadian Indian basket makers. It has plain tidal sweet grass used at the center start of the basket lid as well as binding the rim of the lid and the basket. Tightly braided sweet grass makes up most of the weavers on the top of the basket with the green dyed ash used as weavers on bottom.
This is a beauty, enjoy the pics. :)