OPENWORK LIGHTSHIP BASKET WITH LOLLIPOPS

Nantucket, Massachusetts, circa 1840
Oak, cherry, maple and rattan, brass tacks and metal buttons,
9 ½ x 8 ½ x 9 inches

This is one of a rare group of early Nantucket baskets having
openwork sides by an unidentified maker. It is the precursor of
Nantucket lightship baskets. Tiny metal buttons stamped with
stars were repurposed as washers in the hinging mechanism of
the handle. The scalloped “lollipops” are a delightful feature
known on just a few exceedingly rare early Nantucket baskets.

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