The Farnum Handbag is a truly authentic replica of the original Lightship basket, more popularly known as a "Nantucket Basket." The founder, Albert Farnum Cleaveland, ran this family-owned business from Florida well into his 80's. When he recently passed on, his three sons proudly stepped in to carry on their father's legacy.
Now entering our 30th year of production, they continue to sell the highest quality handbag, at an affordable price. Plus, a wide assortment of scrimshaw designs depicting classic nautical and wildlife scenes.
5 different handbags and over 65 different scrimshaw designs for the top and inside of the baskets. The baskets are imported to the manufacturer's specifications, the scrimshaw and final assembly is done in Rhode Island. Each basket includes a matching key chain and a penny with the year it was born. The hip hugger basket now comes with wooden handle NOT the leather strap.