10" Round by Mitch Ray
Contructed with Oak stave and handle with copper ears and Pine bottom. The base has two contcentric rings and a squared out handle, two attributes of a Clinton Mitchell Ray (1877-1956)
basket, c. 1940
Good condition, no repairs of visible breaks
Clinton "Mitchy" Ray was a third generation basket maker on Nantucket and one the most prolific basket weavers on Island. He taught the art form to young school teacher by the name of Jose Reyes.
The grandson of Capt. Charles B. Ray, he wove early on as a child and was one of the Island weavers that kept the craft from dying out in the early 20th century.