10" Round by Mitch Ray

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.