Nantucket Lightship Vintage Purses

The Nantucket friendship basket originated in 1948 through the creativity of a Philippino schoolteacher named Jose Formoso Reyes and quickly grew to be one of the most recognizable forms of Nantucket Baskets, despite it being 100 years later than the original open baskets.

These lidded baskets were originally intended as ladies’ purses and crafted with hinged lids which displayed a central plaque, usually wood, allowing each basket to be uniquely adorned with a carved decorative embellishment. Early on the plaques and carvings were wood, but in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, as the purse form began to find its niche in Island style, ivory became more fashionable for embellishments as well as a specialized enhancement for the plaque and closure mechanism.

Using our very discerning and experienced eye, we bring to you a wide assortment of these highly sought after vintage, pre-owned Nantucket purses by the first generation of Nantucket artists as well as some select second generation artists.

Featuring artists such as Jose Reyes, Stephen Gibbs, Sherwin Boyer, Stanley Roop, Bill and Judy Sayle, Donna Cifranic, Maureen Reed, Charles Rogerson, Alan and Patricia Reed

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