Beautiful 19th C. Baby Travelling Layette Basket
Absolutely delightful antique layette basket for use when travelling with baby and dating the mid 1800's. It belonged to Mrs. Agnew from Camberley according to the outbound travel label still attached to the basket.
It has a canvas cover and several leather straps for protection while travelling. The cover has been washed but it still has some minor staining. The hinged lid has dropped a bit on one side and has had a rather naive repair as shown but remains in working order.
Upon opening it you see the truly charming light blue fabric covering the inside of the lid and lining the removable tray. It was probably added during the 1930's or 40's on top of the original Victorian fabric. It is lovingly gathered to form a ruffled effect around the edges with little pink bows for as a delicate touch.
There is a large pocket on each side of the "tray" and a triangluar shaped pin cushion for what would have been the nappy or diaper pins. The fabric lining the lid and tray are both very clean and stain free.
When you lift out the tray you reveal a much larger section which has not been re-lined so you can see the original Victorian delicately dotted fabric. It is very clean. The basket is on brass wheels which makes travelling with it just that little bit easier. It measures 25 by 15 by 15 inches.
This really is a gorgeous, rare find in wonderful condition. It would make an exquisite display or gift for someone special who is "expecting" to store future heirlooms, baby jumpers hand knitted by grandma, first shoes and so much more.
UK postage £12.00