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from Thurso, Caithness

Postcard of Basket.
© National Museums Scotland


This shallow, rectangular basket with wicker-covered bow handle was used by fishwives in Thurso in Caithness.

The basket has four spars underneath which allow it to stand upright.

For centuries it was the land which supplied the resources of everyday life for most people in Scotland. It provided the materials for homes, furnishings and belongings. In some remote areas the use of local materials continued well into the 20th century.

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Online ID: 000-100-001-943-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.QP 40
Date: 18th/19th century
Material: Wicker
Dimensions: 250 mm H x 470 mm L x 310 mm W
Subject: Baskets and basketry, straw working (including chair making, but (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Caithness, Thurso
Description: Shallow, rectangular basket with a wicker-covered bow handle, used by Thurso fishwives when selling fish
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