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Vintage Jose Reyes Nantucket Basket - SOLD
Vintage Reyes Nantucket Basket. Vintage Nantucket Purse by Jose Formoso Reyes (1902 – 1980), Nantucket Island, 1963, an oval covered basket having a cherry top and bottom plate, cane weaves, cane staves, shaped wooden swing handle, a carved whale ivory gull by Nancy Chase mounted on the lid, turned whale ivory ears and clasp peg, inscribed on the bottom Made in Nantucket, Jose Formoso Reyes, 1963 with an outline of the island. A very desirable larger than the norm Reyes basket in excellent color and very good condition with hinges and clasp restored some time ago, a very few repaired weaves, and the inscription worn. Jose Reyes is renowned for keeping the craft of Nantucket basket making alive, and creating the first purse around 1948.
6 1/2 in H x 9 1/2 in L x 7 1/4 in W