circa 1910 - circa 1920
Cane, fabric, metal and wool
Basket – 750 mm (length); 430 mm (width); 280 mm (height), Quilt – 465 mm (length); 400 mm (width), Mattress Cover –800 mm (length); 430 mm (width), Blanket –670 mm (length); 410 mm (width), Mattress -760 mm (length); 410 mm (width), Card - 245 mm (length); 115 mm (height)Order this image
National Trust Museum of Childhood (Accredited Museum)
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A baby's woven cane Moses basket with two cane handles (early 20th century). Attached to two cane loops, alongside the handles, is a three cane frame holding a removable cream linen canopy, this is tacked to the frame. A mattress stuffed with straw which has a white cotton cover which has four linen covered buttons. Three are missing. Also one white knitted blanket with a centre pattern and a stocking stitch border. A separate cream coloured rectangular mattress cover. An opening one end closed by six poppers. A cotton quilt with a curved bottom and straight top. The top is in a green and brown paisley pattern cotton with a green cotton backing and frilled edge, the whole machine quilted. "This moses basket was owned by the donor's great aunt, Mrs Edith Cooper (nee Splaine) of Middlesborough, and used by her 3 children, Lance, Mary and Bernard. Bernard died at 10 months; older children emigrated. Cradle given to donor's mother, Anne Williams(nee Splaine). Used for Helen, Elizabeth and Susan. Linen canopy cover and mattress made by Anne Williams' mother, c1955. Cradle passed to Anne Williams' daughter, Helen Frances (donor). Used for Helen Frances' 4 children, Ursula, Owen, Jacob and Rosanna, c1980s." Quilt made by Helen Frances' sister Elizabeth and blanket knitted by sister-in-law Ruth Moorhouse for 1st baby. A card from the donor details the names of children who used the basket. Total number of items is 6.
Donated to the Museum of Childhood by Helen Frances in May 2006.