Saturday 28 October 2017

A-tisket a-tasket
A green and yellow basket

Well, actually, more a little wooden box, but it is about the size of a basket. I have often looked at this piece and admired it. Made of softwood, it is very light, and with the removable handled top it would be ideal for storing many things but particularly something you might want to take along with you. Perhaps it was used for picnics, or to carry light tools or take along toys or crafts for the children when you went out. The top is held in place by one of the protruding wooden pieces that rotates to allow the top to slide out of the slot around the piece at the opposite end (took me a while to figure out how to get it open!). Both the box and the cover are decorated with punched designs of fans and zig-zags. It is one of the pieces in our collection for which we have no history, having been catalogued in 1975 as being of unknown source. If anyone should have information on it we would love to know more.

1 comment:

  1. The designs on that box are wonderful. I wonder if they hold some kind of meaning, or some kind of signature design by the maker?