About this object

History of use

Commonly refered to as a handkerchief basket or "box." These baskets were also made by the Abenaki of Odanak, near Trois-Rivières in Quebec. They were dyed in tones of brown or a red-wine colour and were produced in great quantities. Many were sold to wholesalers and to tourist craft shops throughout the northeast, and especially to shops in Niagara Falls in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Physical description

Square, brown, woven, pouch-like basket (part a) with rounded edges and a square, hatch-like lid in (part b) its centre. Lid has a woven handle and is tied shut with ribbon laced through two loops, one on the lid and one on the basket. Decorative bands of grass are woven from each of the corners to the edge of the lid.