Nantucket Lightship Purse with Leather Handle

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Nantucket Lightship Purse – Kidney ShapedNantucket Lightship Purse - Kidney Shaped

Presented is a handsomely constructed Nantucket Lightship Basket with a kidney shape and a braided leather strap for a handle.

  Price: $250.00                           Shipping:  $25.00

 It has a charming whaling engraving on the front and top.  We have a small collection of these. They were made within the last couple of decades and, although we’ve owned them for some years, we are just now offering them for sale. We acquired these baskets some time ago and recently discovered them in our warehouse.  They are contemporarily made, although we’ve had them for at least 10 years.  

11″ L x 6 3/4″ W x 8″ Ht

Nantucket Lightship Purse - Kidney Shaped

Inside Top                                                                                                                              Inside


Nantucket Lightship Purse - Kidney Shaped

Engraving on Top                                                                                                                 Engraving on Front

History of Nantucket Lightship Baskets

In the mid-1800s, the state of  Massachusetts commissioned lightships, staffed with approximately 10 men, to provide light to passing ships in the heavily trafficked waters around the dangerous shoals to the south of Nantucket.  The lightships, acting as floating lighthouses, were positioned to warn of the dangers and to prevent disastrous shipwrecks.  With little to do during the day, the crew turned to weaving rattan baskets to pass the time on board.  The wooden bases of the baskets were prepared ashore, while the weaving and assembly took place on the lightship.  The original concept for the basket design was thought “ have been cultivated aboard whaling ships of the time”.


The three significant elements found in the construction of the Nantucket lightship baskets are:

    1) The basket is woven on a mold, 2) the weaver uses rattan also known as cane, 3) The basket has a solid wood base

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Shipping & Packaging

The cost of shipping, packing, handling, and insurance to your destination, will be calculated point to point and is an additional charge. You may email us to get these costs. We price our shipping honestly, but we expect to be reimbursed for the nominal cost of packaging materials and handling.

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If not completely satisfied with your purchase it may be returned, if without damage, within three days of receipt in its original packaging. Return items must be insured for their full value. Only a prior email authorization by us for the return is required. Shipping charges are refundable if due to our error within the continental United States.

International buyers welcome, but inquire first. We have satisfied customers worldwide.

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Bank wire transfer, cashier’s check, money order, or personal check in which case the item will be held until cleared. Our prices are quoted net to us so that the use of credit cards or PayPal incur extra charges. Terms on overseas sales are different.

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