Royal Sussex Trugs Vintage Trug Country Gathering Flower Basket Made in England

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Seller: sy525132 (470) 100%, Location: West Yarmouth, Massachusetts, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 123452300160 Nice X-Large country trug gathering basket or fireside basket made in England by THOS SMITH & SONS, ROYAL SUSSEX TRUGS HERSTMONCEUX is stamped on the bottom of the basket. Please see all pictures because they are a BIG part of the description. There is wear consistent with age and use with staining in the inside of the basket and wear as shown on the handle. The basket is in solid working condition. Smoke free pet free environment. Thanks for viewing. If you should have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.Size is 24" length and 14 wide. Trug comes from the old English word "trog", meaning boat-like. The "modern" trug gardening basket was developed sometime around 1850 in the small town of Herstmonceux in East Sussex. To this day, Sussex trugs are made entirely by hand. The trug has a simple frame made of two squarish cornered hoops of sweet chestnut. The chestnut laths are hand split and shaped with a draw knife and heated in a wood fired steamer until they become pliable enough to bend around the frame forms. Once formed, the frames are securely nailed together. Carefully hand shaped split willow slats are then pressed in place within the frame, and each overlapping slat is fastened to the frame with copper nails. The larger trug baskets were used to gather flowers and in the garden and smaller trug baskets for gathering eggs and herbs. In 1851, they became famous because Queen Victoria bought several at the Great Exhibition of 1851. Condition: Used, Modified Item: No, Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom

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