Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Victorian Sewing Basket

Isn't this wicker chest something else?  I found it over in Roseburg several years ago. I was told at the time of purchase that the owners great grandmother used it to hold sewing items back in the early 20's and that it was old then.  I later found similar examples online and they were popular in the late 1800's and were used by Victorian ladies for sewing paraphernalia.

I use to keep it in the spare bedroom to hold the linens for that room and towels for guests.   

It's only about 3 feet high and 20" wide. Of course you have to allow space to open it up.

But when I opened my shop I needed pieces to fill it with, so I took it in for a display piece. I priced it, but, never really wanted to sell it. So awhile back I brought it back home (where it belongs!).

In my shop as a display piece. From this post.

I love the plaster swags and baskets on the front. And they are mostly intact, and in fact for it's age and being wicker it's in remarkable condition.

A wicker, long handled basket, filled with flowers is one of my favorite Victorian motifs!!!

The center of the dome style top has suffered the most loss of plaster adornment.

 There are four of these floral pieces on top.

When you open it up you can view all four compartments at once, they are not very deep and because of the way it folds together you can't stack items very high.

I've been reworking my bedroom so it's going in there and be the new home for my ribbons and laces.

Thank you for Popping in~~~
Happy Hunting and Gathering!!!


  1. I love it! I've never seen a round one before, only the square ones. Good choice to keep it at home with you to enjoy.

  2. OMG I love it! It does look in fabulous shape for it's age, I love the way it opens...So glad It did not sell!!


  3. How lovely and such a treasure. So happy you visited and I got to visit you.

  4. This is such a fabulous unique piece, I love it. So glad you decided not to sell it and bring it back home. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.


  5. I am sooooo glad you brought it back home . I would love to find a basket similar to that , all my years collecting I haven't seen one similar to it

  6. What a beautiful treasure..I would not have wanted to part with it either! :)

  7. Your wicker sewing basket is FABULOUS!!!! I Love the adornments on it. What a great piece, and I'm glad you brought it home to use.
    Mary Alice

  8. I am totally drooling over this exquisite piece. It's obvious this treasure has been loved throughout its lifetime because it's in such great shape. Totally gorgeous.

  9. Hi
    So pleased to meet you and visiting your blog is such a delight! I love the circular wicker shelving baskets. So unique. I am a lover of wicker too. Your shop looks very intriguing and wish that I could visit there someday. Thank you for visiting me! Have a happy week! Karen

  10. Oh my - that is one of the most gorgeous pieces I have ever seen! It's very unusual to see the appliques on top of the wicker - but oh so pretty. I am new to your blog and am your newest follower.


  11. Beautiful sewing basket. So unusual to find a round one and in such great condition.
    Search Barbola roses/wicker on eBay ... some sell for high $$$.
    So happy to have you visit Timeless Treasures and thanks for the nice comment.
    Audrey Z.


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