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This basket displays the work of a master basket maker. It measures over 6 feet long, 3 feet tall and over 2 1/2 feet wide. It is the largest known Pennsylvanian, rye-straw coiled basket in North American. Its size is one that only an expert would have considered making.

While this basket was on display in the museum, it was a popular stop for viewers. Visitors were asked what they thought the basket had been used for. Among the most popular suggestions were boat, coffin, or tub. None of these are actually possible.

Ongoing research leads us to believe that this basket may have been a war gurney. Wounded soldiers were placed in baskets of this type, perched on horizontal poles, taken to a cart and transported to a hospital. This practice, however, ended early on in American history with little evidence for its construction after the 1790s.



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