Accession number: 1994.190.01
Date: before 1994
Materials: wood, red maple (Acer rubrum)
Measurements: 37 cm H x 32 cm DiameterDiameter is of basket mouth
Marks/Label: On handle in pencil, "35.00"
Narrative: Evidently purchased somewhere, at some point, for $35.00 (as per pencil on handle), perhaps at Heritage Farm Market. Made by prominent East Preston basket maker Edith Clayton, who used to demonstrate basket making at the museum and sell her baskets at the market. This style of basket making was brought from the American South by Blacks brought to Nova Scotia during the war of 1812 and passed down from mother to daughter. Women in the African Nova Scotian communities of the former Halifax County continue the tradition to this day.
Description: Typical African Nova Scotian market basket. Made of maple and constructed of a flat-sided, round "hoop" which forms the handle and central rib, which is fastened at right angles to another, similar hoop which forms the basket mouth. 18 additional, smalled ribs are fastened at various angles in the manner of lines of longitude over the bottom half, to form the skeleton of the basket which is then filled in with interwoven, ribbon-like strips of wood. Flat-bottomed.