Workbaskets were essential sewing tools for an industrious mistress like Martha Washington. This twined oval work basket may be the "basket for Mrs. W." purchased by George Washington in 1795. Mount Vernon visitor accounts often commented on Mrs. Washington's enterprising nature; one noted that she was "incessantly knitting," even as she entertained guests. Family legend suggests that Mrs. Washington particularly liked to use this large and sturdy basket to hold her husband's socks for darning. More

Date

1760-1800


Geography


Material/Technique

Willow


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 13 1/2 in. × 15 1/4 in. × 13 5/16 in. (34.29 cm × 38.74 cm × 33.81 cm)


Credit

Bequest of Cornelia Lee Atkins, 1922


Object Number

W-673


Colors


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