About this object

History of use

Traditionally, baskets were used for a variety of domestic purposes, but starting in the mid-19th century, most basketry goods were made as sale items to provide a source of cash income.

Cultural context

cash economy; craft market

Physical description

Round, coiled basket with bifurcated stitching (part a). Fully imbricated with light yellow-brown grass and design in black and red cherry bark criss-crossing to form 'v' shapes. Bottom is watch-spring coiling. Hide handles. Part (b) is a fitted lid. Lid is watch-spring coiled with a 1 cm opening in centre and completely imbricated with grass and petal and cross design in red and dark cherry bark.