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Maine Penobscot Acorn Basket, 1920

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    Posted 2 years ago

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    Acorn basket, made by a member of the Wabanaki tribes, is really a great find. This was put away and so still retains the colors it had when it was new, but maybe a bit faded from the original colors. It is made of Ash splints and Sweet Grass, which is now all brown because of the baskets age.

    The basket is 5 inches in diameter and 5 1/2 inches in height. With the large ring it is a total of 10.5 inches high. Everything is still intact and perfect, all the rings and latches and the hinge that keep the top and bottom together are all in place. It is a great Blue and Purple coloring and stands out against the Sweet Grass.

    This would have been used by a woman as a basket to hold their crochet string in. The large ring would be either placed on a back of a chair or rocker, or the woman would have put her arm thru so she could walk around and still work on lace doilies or handkerchiefs. I have some of the lace kandkerchiefs that my Great Grandma Carrie made in the 1920's (Yes I am that old, shut up LOL ). I was very young when she passed but I do remember that she told me to call her Grandma, as she thought "Grandmother" was too upper class.

    My Great Grandma Carrie was a real woman of the times who celebrated a woman's right to the same things that men got and she was not quiet about it. She was arrested a couple of times, and yet somehow she found a man who celebrated a strong, independent woman and who did not care about her arrests. They married and moved back to her mom and dad's farm in Logan, Ohio to start their lives together. I am proud to be her Great Granddaug...I mean Grandkid.

    Enjoy the pics :)


    1. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 years ago
      i have a couple just like yours!
    2. Tlynnie1942 Tlynnie1942, 2 years ago
      Thanks ho2cultcha! This basket makes three acorns for me, and I have three other string baskets in other shapes.

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