I am definitely one of those people that can say my tastes have changed as I have aged. Here is a perfect example.
The summer has arrived and it is time to take out my Nantucket Basket Purse. I was given this Nantucket Lightship Basket Purse as a birthday gift by two special people. I never imagined this would be on my need to own list, but as time passed the "desire and need to own" and an appreciation came.
My Nantucket Lightship Basket Purse has a carved dolphin in bone on the top, as are the handle domes and the front latch peg. The bottom inside of the basket has a 2011 penny embedded in the base and my name is on the inside of the lid. I just love it! A perfect summer accessory. Like many handmade items it becomes even more beautiful as it ages.
Here is the History of the Nantucket Lighthouse Basket as told by Basket Studio:
Imagine a handful of sailors in the mid-1800’s on a stationary ship off the New England coast. Their sole responsibility was to warn other ships of the dangerous shoals nearby, by raising and maintaining a large lantern. To pass the long hours on board after their duties, some of the sailors aboard these “lightships” would make baskets as gifts or for sale back on Nantucket Island .