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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. New location! The baskets are now for sale at FabVilla in Mashpee Commons in Mashpee MA

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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 Thank you!

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Nantucket Sand Pail and Shovel
A great new Nantucket Basket that is a true symbol of Cape Cod and the Islands !

Tall Nantucket Lamp
A beautiful new lamp to add to your home decor. The lamp measure 6 inches around and stands 12 inches tall on a turned cherry base. The top of the lamp is also cherry wood. It is decorated with two elongated cherry handles, attached to the rim with bone knobs. The lamp is woven with cherry staves and has a cherry rim. The overall height is approx. 24 inches to the finial. Shade not included.

Nantucket Gathering Basket
This is an oblong Nantucket Basket made of cherry construction. The base, rim and handles are all cherry wood. The basket is 15 inches long, 10 inches wide and stands 5 inches high. It is adorned with 2 handles attached with bone knobs. The large cherry base is finished with an ivory plug. This beautiful basket is signed and dated on the bottom.

Oval Nantucket Basket Trays
Our oval basket trays are offered in three sizes. We have a 14 inch, 16 inch and a 20 inch tray.

 Nantucket Woven Bracelet with Ivory
A beautiful, hand woven cuff bracelet decorated with monogrammed ivory ends caps. This bracelet is woven in the traditional Nantucket basket style weaving. The cuff is 3/4 inch wide and comes in 3 sizes. The ivory end caps can be personalized with you initials on one side and a scallop shell, whale or mermaid on the other. This bracelet is very special and makes a wonderful gift. Click on " BUY NOW " for information on sizes and personalization. Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.

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.