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Traditional Nantucket basket purse Not a reproduction! Basket purse made on the island in 1967. Patina is beautiful hand carved faux-ivory whale medallion on purse lid hinged wooden handle carved faux ivory buttons end of handle

Lightship refers to this unique Nantucket basket weaving style & ivory carvings the fishermen made fby hand for their sweethearts The term light ship means minimal crew are aboard. The fishermen and sailors were ashore courting the ladies.

Hinged lid is a tad loose faux ivory locking pin holder is intact but pin lock has a piece broken off. Please refer to photos. wood bottom

Copies - Imitations of Natucket Basket pocketbooks are widely produced but cannot compare to the real vintage Nantucket lightship basket purse

Vintage previously owned Good condition for age

Insurance included in shipping costs
Measurements (approximate):
L: 8.5" x H: 6" x W: 7"
Handle drop: 5"

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Nantucket Purse Lightship Basket Collectible Authentic


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Materials: basket, faux ivory, whale, carving, traditional, wood, fir, sailor, nantucket island, cape cod, handbags, lightship bag, handmade
  • Only ships within United States.
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