A unique and sought after oval Nantucket basket purse by S.P. Boyer will be sold by Belhorn Auction Services, LLC (BAS) at the upcoming Super Auction on February 28, 2009 at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The purse was made circa 1950 and is in excellent condition and has a carved sperm whale on what appears to be a mahogany plate. There are two hinges on the back and a clasp with holding pin on the front. The handle is bent wood.
The basket purse is marked with the Boyer cross stamp and the original label reading, "I was made on Nantucket Island / I am strong and stout / Don't lose me or burn me / I'll never wear out" and "Made by S.P. Boyer." Excellent condition although the owner's initials (LBS) have been engraved on the interior mahogany plaque. Basket is approximately 8" tall by 9 1/2" wide. With handle, the piece measures 12 3/4" tall.
"This is a very interesting item and while we have sold many purses in the past one of this make and quality has never crossed our block," commented Greg Belhorn of BAS. "It should be interesting to see what this item brings at auction due to it highly collectible and the growing interest in mid-century items."
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