Basket - Baby Accessory, Cane, circa 1840s-1870s Object Reg. No: SH 920890

Woven, round cane basket covered with a quilted fabric liner.

Donated to Museum Victoria in 1992, the basket originally came from Northern Ireland. It was brought to Victoria by the donor's great-grandmother, the widow of a Presbyterian minister, when she emigrated with her daughter and her new husband. The basket may therefore date to the mid-19th century.

The quilted liner was made in 1950 by the donor's mother, Annie Bessie Bain (circa1884-1969), granddaughter of the woman who brought it to Australia. Annie, then aged 66-67, quilted it for the birth of her first grandson, Bruce Bain. The basket was to have been used for powder, soap, powder puffs and folded nappies, etc. The basket was never used by the baby's mother, who thought it was too beautiful.

The basket was given to the donor by her sister-in-law, Norma Bain (Bruce's mother). Annie Bessie Bain was the daughter of William and Margaret Ardell (nee Henderson).
Woven, round, cane basket covered with a quilted fabric liner. Four handles on the basket have been covered with ribbon. One small pocket inside basket; opposite to this is a small pillow/pin cushion with a word formed by small grey beads glued to the face of the pillow. Outer edge of liner has been gathered slightly with a fringe attached to the lower edge.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Jean? French, 1992
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 41.50 cm (Height), 11.50 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: immigration, handcrafts, immigrant voyages, irish communities, irish immigration, infants, brought goods
Themes this item is part of: Childhood & Youth Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Migration Collection
Primary Classification: DOMESTIC LIFE
Secondary Classification: Child Rearing
Tertiary Classification: sleeping
Inscriptions: On small pillow inside basket: 'Baby' (small grey beads).
Place & Date Made: Ireland, 1840s-1870s
Place Used: Australia, circa 1850s-1990s
References: Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages - Annie Margaret Henderson, died 1885 - reg. no. 6071; Annie Bessie Bain, died 1969, reg. no. 8314

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