Key Basket

Date: ca. 1830 - 1860

Women in the mid-1800s used key baskets to store their household keys. They are especially associated with Virginia and North Carolina, and were a traditional symbolic gift for a bride. These little baskets were usually made of cow or pig hide, and they were often decorated with symbols of happiness and long life.  Such decorations included stars, hearts, diamonds, and grains of wheat. This key basket is decorated with a floral pattern in unbleached cotton stitching. The basket has a molded mouth and base, and four feet that extend from its side.

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Medium: Leather, Cotton

Dimensions: H: 6 1/2 x Diam: 4 1/8 in.

Place: Rockingham County, Virginia (attributed)

Accession: 2001.0013.496

Collection: Shenandoah Valley Collection

Category: Baskets

Tags: Rockingham County , Black , Pattern

Purchased in 2001.