One Egg Nantucket Lightship Basket Attributed to Mitchy Ray

One Egg Nantucket Lightship Basket Attributed to Mitchy RayOne Egg Nantucket Lightship Basket Attributed to Mitchy Ray – Sold!

One egg Nantucket lightship basket, made with oak staves and swing handle, with a maple base.

Attributed to Clinton “Mitchy” Ray (1870-1956). 2 ½” Diameter, 3” High.

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6 ½” Open Round Nantucket Lightship Basket by Ferdinand Sylvaro

6 ½” Open Round Nantucket Lightship Basket by Ferdinand Sylvaro6 ½” Open Round Nantucket Lightship Basket by Ferdinand Sylvaro – $2250

6 ½” Open round Nantucket lightship basket with oak staves, handle and walnut bottom by Ferdinand Sylvaro (1868-1952).

Pristine condition with original paper label reading “Made by Ferdinand Sylvaro 97 Orange St Nantucket Mass”

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7 ½” Open Round Nantucket Lightship Basket

7 ½” Open Round Nantucket Lightship Basket
7 ½” Open Round Nantucket Lightship Basket
– $3800

7 ½” Open round Nantucket lightship basket with cane staves and oak handle and ears that are finely shaped and extend to the bottom plaque.
The bottom plaque is heavily turned and scribed on the interior of the base.

Most likely used as a berry basket. Unidentified maker, c. 1880.

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5” Open Round Nantucket Lightship Basket by Mitchell Ray

5” Open Round Nantucket Lightship Basket by Mitchell Ray5” Open Round Nantucket Lightship Basket by Mitchell Ray – Sold!

5” Open round Nantucket lightship basket with a swing handle, bearing the original paper label. Made by Mitchell Ray.

Clinton Mitchell Ray (1857-1956) was the most prolific basket weaver on Island. The grandson of Capt. Charles B. Ray, he wove early on as a child and was one of the ‘on Island’ weavers that kept the craft from dying out. 

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“One Egg” Nantucket Lightship Basket with Dark Patina

"One Egg" Nantucket Lightship Basket with Dark Patina“One Egg” Nantucket Lightship Basket with Dark Patina – Sold!

One Egg Nantucket Lightship Basket in great condition with a very deep dark patina. Constructed with Oak staves and swing handle, brass ears.

Unknown maker, c.1920. 2.75″ x 3″ x 3″.

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Nantucket Lightship Basket Attributed to C. Mitchy Ray, circa 1940.

Nantucket Lightship Basket Attributed to C. Mitchy Ray, circa 1940.Nantucket Lightship Basket Attributed to C. Mitchy Ray, circa 1940 – Sold!

3″ Small round Nantucket lightship basket with Oak staves and swing handle. Great condition with a deep honey patina.

Attributed to Clinton Mitchell “Mitchy” Ray (1877-1956). 3.5″ x 3.5″ x 3.5″.

Mitchy learned how to make Nantucket Lightship Baskets as a young boy working with his grandfather Charles B. Ray, a highly regarded mariner and prolific basket weaver. Unlike his grandfather and his father Charles F. Ray, Mitchy never went to sea. He is remembered as an Island character with a reputation of being wild in his younger years. At one point he saved a man from drowning at Surfside earning a medal for his deed. Mitchy took up various jobs and after a short time spent on the Cape as a meat cutter he decided to come home. Mitchy later became a full time basket maker opening a small shop in Starbuck Court. Mitchy used the molds given to him by his father Charles and made utility, or work baskets in various sizes, starting with the tiny “one egger” of which he sold hundreds. Each, for the sum of about $1.50.

In 1920 Mitchy was visited by a young William Sevrens whom he introduced to introduced him to basket weaving. Mitchy is credited with giving the idea to Sevrens of adding a penny to the inside of his basket to identify it, which later became Sevrens trademark. It was not until 1964 that Sevrens opened his own basket shop on Old South Wharf. Early in his basket making career the baskets were well constructed and adorned with a simple paper label. Later in his career he began adding the now familiar tag line “I was made in Nantucket, I’m strong and stout. Don’t lose me or burn me and I’ll never wear out. Made by Mitchy Ray.” As time went on and Mitchy aged, his popular baskets very popular and he was selling them so fast that some say the time and effort that went into his later baskets doesn’t have the detailed quality he produced earlier. However in all of his baskets the durability is ever present and rich in his family and Nantucket history. Mitchy Ray baskets are treasured by those who collect Nantucket lightship baskets.

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10″ Shallow Round Nantucket Lightship Sewing Basket by AC Hussey

10" Shallow Round Nantucket Lightship sewing basket with oak staves and heavily turned and incised poplar base and carved heart shaped handles. Stamped on bottom "AC Hussey Maker South Shoal Lightship". Made by Albert Hussey, b. 1836 c.1880.10″ Shallow Round Nantucket Lightship Sewing Basket by AC Hussey -Sold!

10″ Shallow Round Nantucket Lightship sewing basket with oak staves and heavily turned and incised poplar base and carved heart shaped handles.

Stamped on bottom “AC Hussey Maker South Shoal Lightship”. Made by Albert Hussey, b. 1836 c.1880.

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Labeled Nantucket Lightship Basket by Sherwin Boyer, circa 1950

Labeled Nantucket Lightship Basket by Sherwin Boyer, circa 1950Labeled Nantucket Lightship Basket by Sherwin Boyer, circa 1950 – Sold!

Exceptional Nantucket Lightship basket in excellent condition made by Sherwin Porter Boyer (1907-1964). Made with oak staves and carved oak handle that is attached with brass ears.

The basket bears Boyers stamp and jelly label that reads: “I was made on Nantucket Island am strong and stout don’t lose or burn me I’ll never wear out Made by S.P. Boyer.”

Sherwin Boyer was one of the first generation of Nantucket basket makers in the “purse” period, starting in the late 1940s and working up until his death in 1964. A contemporary to Jose Reyes, Boyer is regarded as one of the best basket makers of the period.

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