Original Swing Handle Nantucket Basket Purse Jose Reyes/boyer Type Signed 1966 For SaleOffered here is a Fine Nantucket Swing handle Baket-Purse-Handbag by noted Nantucket maker Whaler's Craft and dated 1966. According to info on internet, namely Paul Madden Antiques website....Whaler's craft baskets were made by the son of Cora Stevens at the same time that Jose Reyes, Sherwin Boyer, and other noted makers of the era. Having owned Reye's and Boyer baskets, DARE I state that WC baskets are Superior in quality!!! WC baskets have a much finer weave and quality of construction than the more famous makers of the time. When compared side-by-side, one can clearly see the superior construction details! He used carvings to adorn his baskets from the same carvers as Reyes and Boyer. In this instance, a carved walebone whale adorns the top. Note the finely carved swing handle and whalebone attachments to body of the basket. Unfortunately or Fortunately...depends how you look at it, WC baskets have not shared the same amount of name recognition as Reyes and Boyer, perhaps because you don't see them very often. Every collection should include a WC example so you can appreciate the refinements. This example is in mint condition with only age appropriate wear from use, and comes from the original purchaser in 1966 on Nantucket Island. Last photo is from Paul Madden Antiques website. Below is from Paul Madden Antiques found on the internet: search "whalers craft nantucket basket" Search: Home > Vintage Nantucket Lightship Basket 1965 Vintage Nantucket Lightship Basket 1965 Item# pmaDDnbkwc SOLD Description Vintage Nantucket Lightship Basket made by WHALERS CRAFT and dated 1965. The Whalers Craft maker was the nephew of Cora Stevens, Main Street, Nantucket and worked in the late 50's to mid 1960's. Very good condition with a great rich natural patina. SIZE: 8.5 inches oval measurement. SOLD Guaranteed I Guartantee to be as represented. $25.00 shipping...no guessing, includes insurance. SEE OTHER LISTINGS FOR MORE QUALITY ANTIQUES!!!
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