An authentic investment and heirloom quality
Nantucket Lightship Basket (any basket purchased from me)
will present as follows:
The basket will have been crafted
entirely by hand by me, a Cape Cod and Islands artisan,
and bear a signature and date hand etched in the
underside base of the basket.
The basket will have been constructed
using a custom made mold.
The basket will come complete with a
for all components and workmanship.
The baskets will have a solid New
England-milled hardwood, or exotic wood base hand-rubbed
and beautifully finished in three separate coats of hard
finish soft lustre, Antique Oil, in your choice of wood
type for a furniture quality finish.
The basket will have an inlaid natural
ivory medallion scrimmed by hand with my name in the
The basket will have staves (ribs) made
from specially selected cane, reed or New England-milled
hardwoods, depending upon your selection. Most
authentic Nantucket Lightship Baskets have an uneven
number of staves and these are sized and hand shaped,
with hardwoods being steam bent and shaped to fit each
basket individually, no two Nantucket Lightship Baskets
are identical. (Some few baskets do have an equal
number of staves, these will be specified.)
The basket will have natural weavers from
specially chosen select premium long selected cane.
The weavers will be hand thinned and shaped in order
that as each weaver is added to the whole there are no
unsightly bulges or gaps.
The basket will be meticulously finished
and then carefully inspected. Receiving an
application of three separate coats of hard finish soft
lustre Antique Oil Finish to the outside and one coat
to the inside so the basket may breathe.
The basket will have a rim, constructed
out of reed, New England-milled hardwood, or exotic
wood, according to your selection. The rim will be
affixed using brass escutcheons.
The basket will, depending upon the
basket selected, have single, double or triple lashing
over the rim and an additional filler where the rim and
the wall meets. The rim will be hand-rubbed smooth
and lustrously finished with three separate coats of
hard finish soft lustre Antique Oil Finish.
The basket will have a New England-milled
hardwood, or exotic wood, handle (on baskets that have
handles) in your selection of wood type. The
handle will be hand-rubbed and beautifully finished with
three separate coats of special soft lustre Antique
The basket will have its handle affixed
using brass escutcheons which are
hand-peened to finish. Accenting each escutcheon
will be knobs and washers made in your choice of natural
ivory, scrimmed natural ivory, bone or wood.
The basket will have a lid (on lidded
baskets) made from either hand-rubbed New England-milled
lustrously finished hardwood, exotic wood, or premium
cane depending upon your selection, with each receiving
three to six separate coats of a special polyurethane
for a furniture quality finish. Lids will have a
knobs made from natural ivory, scrimmed natural ivory,
bone, scrimmed bone or hardwood according to your
The basket will have the option of having
additional decorative hand-scrimmed natural ivory,
carved natural ivory, scrimmed bone, bone, wood or other
medallions or additions all according to your
The basket will, upon delivery to you,
have straight well-spaced staves. Have beautifully
smooth and lustrously finished hardwood parts.
Have natural ivory fittings with all scrimshaw created
by artists not machines. Have a thorough and
complete sealed weave. Have a clean tight
well-organized weave that will leave you guessing as to
exactly how it could have been woven because you won’t
be able to find any seams. Be clean and free of
cane ‘hair’ or fuzziness. In all regards of fit,
finish and construction meet your every requirement and
The basket will be delivered to you by
insured delivery with all costs included in the prices