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An absolutely charming vintage sewing, from the 1930s - 1940s. The wicker body and wooden parts (lid, base, and wooden insert for holding spools of thread) are all painted a soft, yet still sunny, yellow to match the cording (which form handles). There are floral decals (on the lid and at the bottom of the inside base), daisies in pastel shades of blue, pink and white. (Some call this "blue daisy" but I think they are cornflowers?)

I wrote about this very basket in *my* article at Collectors Quest! Since I, Deanna Dahlsad, am the author, I am allowed to quote from the article:

"Small woven decorative baskets with lids from China were very popular sewing baskets until the 1930s, when two Illinois companies, Princess and Harvey, began producing wicker sewing baskets. These sewing baskets or totes were painted in pretty colors and had feminine decal images on their painted wooden lids. Made in both round and square styles, and even deep rectangular versions, the matching cord handles kept the lids with the baskets or buckets at all times. Inside, usually anchored to the side of the wicker basket above the wooden bottom, there would be a wooden rack for holding spools of thread. This creamy yellow mid-century wicker sewing basket, 10 and 1/2 inches in diameter, still has most of its gold foil label stating it was made by Princess. There’s a smaller floral decal on the inside bottom as well."

This vintage sewing basket still has part of its original Princess foil label. You can only make out the word Princess, but it is an authentic vintage piece by Princess of Algonquin, Illinois.

Condition: This is an authentic vintage "used" item with minimal signs of aging or use. The wicker basket has no damages or dents. One wooden spool holder is missing, as seen in the photo. The foil label, as noted and shown in the photo, is worn and incomplete. No odors to stink up your thread and sewing supplies. Really lovely -- to use and/or display. (Along with their original intended use, these are a great way to hide those ugly TV remotes, gaming controllers,etc.)

Another note for collectors and owners of these fabulous vintage sewing baskets: While many wicker pieces can be rejuvenated with water, these vintage wicker sewing baskets are painted. So do not soak them (the paint -- and decals) can be ruined that way. Feel free to rejuvenate them with a gentle sponge-bath of wood soap mixed with water. The wicker may be left damp; but wooden areas, and those woven from other materials, should be dried well. (A hairdryer can be used to dry nooks and crannies quickly and safely!)

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Deanna Dahlsad
Derek Dahlsad

Vintage Pastel Yellow with Floral Decals Princess of Algonquin Wicker Sewing Basket Sewing Kit

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  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: wood, wicker, cord, paint, decals
  • Only ships within United States.
  • Feedback: 61 reviews
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