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Thomas Merritt King Lunch Basket
PeopleMaker/Creator: Thomas Merritt King
PlacesCheck (Locust Grove District)
- Diameter (ear-to-ear): 13 inches
- Diameter (opposite): 10 1/2 inches
- Height of weaving: 6 1/2 inches
- Height with handle: 11 inches
This traditional white oak rib basket is made to endure with its handle and rim nailed together, an extra rim held in place with figure-eight lashing, and tightly inserted oak ribs. Some of the weavers have deteriorated but the ribs remain solid. Different family members described this as the “kitchen egg” basket and as the “lunch” basket; it well could have served both purposes.
Keywordsrib basket, egg basket
Thomas Merritt King (1856-1928) was a farmer who stressed the importance of learning for his children. He was married twice to sisters Sarah Elizabeth “Sally” Yates and later to Martha Ann “Mattie” Yates (shown in the photo at left sitting on the porch with Thomas). Seven of the nine King children who lived to adulthood became school teachers.