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Maker(s):Stebbins, Eleanor B. (or associate)
Culture:American (1875-1955)
Title:basket
Date Made:ca. 1920
Type:Container
Materials:reed
Place Made:United States; Massachusetts; Deerfield
Measurements:overall: 2 1/2 in.; 6.35 cm
Accession Number:  HD 63.315
Credit Line:Gift of Marion Stebbins
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Description:
Conical-shaped basket made out of reed used for picking strawberries or raspberries, called a berry basket. The basket is attributed to Eleanor B. Stebbins (1875-1955) (or an associate) who, starting in 1905, sold the palm leaf, reed, willow, and pine needle creations of the Deerfield Basket Makers from her home near the Street in Deerfield. Vice president of the Society of Deerfield Industries between 1906 and 1907, Eleanor also served on the Society's Jury in 1907, and on its Executive Committee from 1912 to 1919. The raffia, grass and cornhusk baskets made by Deerfield's other basketry group, the Pocumtuck Basket Makers, were sold at a shop on the northern end of the Street. Similar examples are in the Memorial Hall Museum, Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association.

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