Decorations for Nantucket baskets may be of ivory, fossil, bone, wood, or other material. Typically ivory or fossil is used for knobs, pegs and lid decorations.
Lid decorations may be carved pieces or plaques with monochromatic or colored scrimshaw. Designs are unlimited.
Often a quarterborad of ivory or bone with the owners name is attached to the underside of the lid of a purse.
The lid, itself, may be of any type of wood, solid ivory, or of another material such as Corian.
Handles may be of wood, wood with an ivory overlay, or of ivory. Leather straps are also popular. They may be plain, braided or rolled and stitched. Sterling chains have also been used.
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