Nantucket Oval Cracker Basket
The Oval Cracker Nantucket Lightship Basket has a traditional Nantucket cherry wood oval base, hand-tapered and beveled cane staves and fine cane weaving.
This Nantucket basket, which could also be used to serve buns or rolls, features traditional Nantucket basketry rattan rims. The traditional rattan reed basket rims are pre-drilled, then nailed with thin brass escutcheon pins, which are cut flush, peened over and sanded smooth.
The basket rims are then single lashed in cane, with a broad piece of formed cane on top of the rims to cover the slim gap between the inside and outside basket rims. As in all fine Nantucket basketweaving, an additional piece of cane is used not only under the rims of the body, but also on top of the basket lid - covering the slim gap between the rims and the weaving.
The double cherry or ash wood swing handles are attached with bone or ivory knobs and brass washers. Your choice also of ash or cherry base - to be co-ordinated with the double swing basket handles. Expert craftsmanship and attention to detail. Signed and dated on the base.
A final finish of multiple coats of hand-applied varnish are applied to both the inside and outside of the basket purse body and lid. This brings out the full beauty of the natural materials, and helps to protect and strengthen the basket purse. All the hardwood parts are given even more attention to protect and burnish, bringing them a deep luster which is glass-smooth to the touch. These, and many other fine details, set my Nantucket baskets apart from all others.
The Oval Cracker Nantucket Basket is the perfect size for keeping on your table to serve crackers or to use as a tea basket or as a small flower basket.
The Oval Cracker Nantucket Basket basket measures 7.5" long x 2" high and 4.5" high at handles.
Nantucket Basket Oval Cracker
Although I am no longer accepting orders for the Nantucket Basket Oval Cracker, I do craft one or two of these per year. When available for sale, you can purchase it directly from my Simply Baskets website.