How to Identify a Nantucket Basket Purse

Nantucket baskets are each individually made to be "one of a kind".

What to look for in a Nantucket basket purse

They are custom made with high quality craftsmanship and are known for their longevity and elegant refinement. The Nantucket baskets are not mass produced, they are created one at a time with all the intricate details that Nantucket baskets are known for. More importantly, Nantucket baskets are 100% American made, and there are a variety of designs and shapes to each one of these baskets.

Using the magnifying glass, look on the bottom of the basket purse for the creator's signature and date that it was made.

Using the magnifying glass, count how many staves the purse has. The Nantucket purse is only made with an odd number of staves.

Look at the front catch on the purse. The catch shouldn't be made from anything other than reed (not wood), and the latch should be bolted on. (Refer to the pictures in the book to compare).

Notice the price that's on the Nantucket basket purse. The normal price range for an authentic Nantucket purse ranges from $110.00 to $125.00 per inch (the long dimension of the opening).

Look to see how many of these purses are for sale where you are at. An authentic Nantucket purse is not mass produced; they are individually made and special ordered only.

Things You Will Need

  • magnifying glass
  • Nantucket basket book with basket pictures


  • Be aware of where you're purchasing this basket purse at. Nantucket basket purses are not sold on all online venues, souvenir gift shops, gift basket shops or flea markets. The authentic Nantucket basket purses can only be purchased by calling the company direct.


  • Look for the names "Farnum" or "Barlow". This is a sign that the purse is a re-creation and not the real thing.

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