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Nantucket Basketworks of Cape Cod

Nantucket Lightship Baskets of All Shapes and Sizes


 Handmade Nantucket Lightship Baskets, custom made purses totes and specialty baskets by Lisa Bessette

Nantucket Lightship Baskets are distinctive handmade baskets originating over 150 years ago. They were first created by the crewmen of lightship vessels, as a way to pass the time at sea. The Nantucket Basket's labor-intensive construction is characterized by several distinctive features. They are hand woven using rattan or cane onto wooden molds with wooden bases. The Nantucket handbags are decorated with carved or scrimshaw pieces.

Nantucket Basketworks of Cape Cod features authentic, finely hand woven Nantucket Lightship Baskets by Lisa Bessette. They are custom made to your specifications. Over the years, we have received several awards for our handcrafted baskets, purses and tote bags. Our baskets have been photographed for The New York Times magazine, Vanity Fair, Brilliant Magazine and O, The Oprah Magazine. Lisa and her baskets were featured in Cape Cod magazine. Your authentic Nantucket Basket will be made to order using only the finest quality materials available, and it is guaranteed to last a lifetime. All of our baskets are signed and dated by Lisa Bessette. Feel free to browse around and look at our unique Nantucket-style purses and tote bags.  Our woven handbags and purses come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so we're sure you'll find one to fit your needs. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.

Lisa's baskets can now be found in fine shops on Cape Cod . See her beautiful work at Oceana in Orleans MA, The Village Trading Co. in Cataumet in Bourne , Painted Daisies in East Sandwich and Snow Goose Shop in Sandwich MA.

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Think about one of our gift certificates or a photo card as described below

We also are pleased to offer GIFT CERTIFICATES. Treat someone to a special Nantucket Basket of their choice. All denominations available. Call or e-mail to order.

We also have special PHOTO GIFT CARDS. In some cases, when time is an issue- go ahead and order, send us an e-mail stating that this is a special gift and the date you need it and we can send you a photo of the basket you have chosen in a blank gift card. You have something to wrap up and say that your gift is being hand woven and will arrive is 6-8 weeks.

We take pride in our work, and will go to great lengths to provide you with the best possible customer service. If you have any questions, please call us at 508-833-1317, or email us at nantucketbasketworks@comcast.net. Thank you!

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9 inch Oval Purse - cherry colored staves
This is our classic 9 inch oval traditional Nantucket basket purse. This basket was just featured on the cover of Cape Cod Magazine - Nov/Dec 2011 issue! The basket is woven with cherry colored staves and cane weavers in the classic Nantucket fashion. The base, rims and handle are made of cherry wood. This basket is adorned with 2 scallop shells but may be ordered with other carvings. A 3 inch ivory name engraved quarterboard is attached to the inside cover. This is a classic Nantucket basket bag.

Cape and Islands Tray

Trinket Box
The Nantucket Trinket Box is the perfect little box for storing your keepsakes and collectibles. The unique specialty basket is 4 round and stands 3 high. The Trinket Box is made with cane and reed construction and topped with a turned wooden lid made of cherry wood. In the inside bottom of the trinket box, you may choose to have a whale or scallop shell carving.

Cherry Opera Bag - from Cape Cod Magazine
The opera bag is the perfect evening tote. The bag measures 6X4X6 inches. It is made with cherry colored staves and cane weavers. The rim and base are made of cherry wood. There are two ,12 inch, smooth leather handles attached with bone knobs and washers. The front of the bag has an ivory oval, scrimshawed with a mermaid, mounted on a cherry wood plaque. This basket also includes a cherry colored leather liner. A wonderful gift for someone special! Each basket is signed and dated by Lisa Bessette.