Vintage Nantucket Small Purse by Steven Gibbs, circa 1960

Vintage Nantucket Small Purse by Steven Gibbs, circa 1960

$5,400.00

Vintage Nantucket Cocktail Purse by Steven Gibbs (1896 – 1974), Nantucket, circa 1960, a diminutive oval covered basket having a Coramandel or related wood top, pine bottom, cane weaves , oak staves, shaped wooden swing handle, scrimshaw canoe, clasp, peg and ears, stamped on bottom “S. Gibbs, Nantucket, Mass.”

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Vintage Nantucket Small Purse by Steven Gibbs (1896 – 1974), Nantucket, circa 1960, a diminutive oval covered basket having a Coramandel or related wood top, pine bottom, cane weaves , oak staves, shaped wooden swing handle, scrimshaw canoe, clasp, peg and ears, stamped on bottom “S. Gibbs, Nantucket, Mass.”

A prime example of a Gibbs basket, in excellent color and condition. Stevie Gibbs was one of the first generation of baskets makers in the post-lightship “purse period, following closely behind Jose Reyes. He is regarded as the finest of the early makers and one of the best makers ever. This is a smaller than average Nantucket purse, although not quite “Cocktail Purse” size. It is distinctly smaller than most Gibbs baskets.

Stephen Gibbs and his wife Loretta operated a basket shop for 20 years on Madaket Road from 1954 to 1974. Prior to his basket work Stephen Gibbs was an accomplished woodworker and builder on Nantucket, giving him the knowledge and expertise to make all of his own components and craft a superb basket. Although he was exposed to Mitchy Ray’s work (the young Stevie Gibbs often brought supper to the neighborhood bachelor Ray), Gibbs was pretty much a self taught Nantucket basket maker.

6-1/4 in H x 7-3/4 in L x 6 in W

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