Historic Work Baskets

Maine Woods postcard
In the Maine Woods, Postcard c. 1910

MacKean & Supply Co.
Boston

 

”Gentlemen, [sic]
We Do not keep mill baskets in stock, but we sometimes get them made to order: several of our Indian men doing such heavy work. If you will let us know what you want- we will quote the price and have them made if desired.”

—George Hunt, Penobscot Indian Agent
c. 1904

 

Sewing Basket

Sewing Basket

with indigo dyed splints and
standard diamond curls
Penobscot
c. 1870
Anonymous lender

 

Band Box

Band Box

with standard diamond curls
Penobscot
c. 1870-1890
Loanded by the Old Town Museum

 

Fruit Bowl

Fruit Bowl

with standard diamond curls
Penobscot
c. 1900
Anonymous lender

 

Shopper

Shopper

Passamaquoddy/Penobscot
c. 1940
Loaned by Margo Boyd and Stephen Bicknell

 

Showshoe Weave Basket

Showshoe Weave Basket

Penobscot
Loaned by Peter Smith Terry Collection, Unity College

 

Melon Basket

Melon Basket

Micmac
Loaned by the Abbe Museum

 

Waste Basket

Waste Basket

Malseet
Loaned by Margo Boyd and Stephen Bicknell

 

Fishing Creel

Fishing Creel

Maliseet
Loaned by The Abbe Musuem