Special Traditional Baskets
John makes accurate copies of a few traditional agricultural & industrial baskets of the British Isles. The specialised basketweaving materials used in their construction is scarce and the specific knowledge of how to make many of the industrial styles is widely being lost. In particular, John makes some of the traditional baskets used in UK coastal & fishing regions in bygone times. They are very sturdy and were designed for heavy usage in occasional wet conditions. These attractive baskets were made for carrying fish and there is now no singular obvious use for them.
Nowadays, most of the people who order these baskets do so simply because they like the look of them, others buy them because they have some memory of these baskets being used in their community.
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Quarter Cran Herring Basket
An attractive UK basket design used to measure the quantity of the catch of herring at the same time as unloading the boats.
H 15.5" x W 21.5"
- constructed of Willow, Oak & Hazel (as pictured) - £100
- constructed of Willow, Oak, Hazel & Rattan Cane - £135
Eighth Cran Herring Basket
Made like the Quarter Cran, this smaller style was used by fishermen to show a sample of their catch to merchants.
W 16" x H 12" - £70
Herring Washing Maund
A basket design once used during the kippering process to wash batches of fish
W 22" x H 9" - £60
W 24" x H 11" - £80
W 27" x H 13" - £110
This basket with stout white willows is traditional to UK apple growing regions such as here in the River Clyde valley. This strong basket with a thick rim was used by fruit merchants for apples and was given the name 'Covent Garden Sieve' after the famous fruit market.
W 17" x H 9" - £55
The oval willow basket style used for planting and harvesting potatoes in agriculture. Still a great choice for using today on the veggie patch or allotment!
L18" x W 13.5" x H 7" - £35
Baker/Butcher Arm Basket
Used to trade door-to-door and fit into the trade bike - this traditional basket style is also in the famous Hovis bread advert with the little boy pushing it on his bike up the hill. Have a look!
L22" x W 17" x H 10.5
Please contact me to order any of my basket designs. All my baskets can be sent by post. Prices shown do not include postage costs. Baskets can be combined for posting wherever possible.
© John Cowan Baskets - 2017