Peterboro Basket Company makes handmade baskets that are both functional and beautiful. We have baskets for every room in your house. Made in the USA.
About the Peterboro Basket Company
A New England Tradition Continues...
For more than 150 years the Peterboro Basket Company has thrived in the heart of historic Peterborough, New Hampshire, in the serene shadow of Mt. Monadnock, surrounded by four seasons of the worlds most exquisite natural beauty.
The history of the Peterboro Basket Company dates back to 1841 when Amzi Childs came to Peterborough from Deerfield, Mass., to work on the manufacture of lead pipe. In 1854 he began weaving baskets in a building erected by Moses Chapman in 1830 as a wheelwright shop between Depot Street and the railroad tracks. Amzi Childs and Asa Henry made baskets for many years and had an excellent reputation. Their business burned in 1891. The business was sold to the McLane Basket Factory of Milford and moved there.
Henry B. Needham, "the dean of the basket manufacturing business in Peterborough," came to town in 1875 and for 15 years was foreman at the Childs' factory. After that factory burned in 1891, Needham established the Needham Basket Factory in a part of the White Machine Shop at Elm and Water streets. He constructed a new building in 1893. In 1916 the H. B. Needham Basket Company incorporated and purchased the shoe factory near the depot. In 1920 the Peterborough company was organized to build a new factory and combined with the Milford company. In 1926 the building was damaged by fire and the present Peterboro Basket Co. organized.
Walter Hood, now semi-retired, has worked at the Peterboro Basket Company since 1962. In April, 2000, Hood will have 50 years of basket making to his credit. He is quite the celebrity. "I like making baskets. They're one of the oldest creations of man. They date to before my time. I love my work," Hood said.
The rugged natural beauty of Peterboro has inspired Yankee artists like Thorton Wilder, the writers of "Yankee" Magazine, and the crafters of Peterboro Basket. More than a business, Peterboro Basket is a Yankee tradition. Although it has become an industry leader, this family owned and operated company has never forgotten the quiet, careful attention to detail with which Amzi Childs wove that first basket 150 years ago.
Peterboro Pie Baskets
Carry your pies, cakes, and other baked goods to the homes of friends and family, potluck suppers, festivals, and bake sales in a handsome handcrafted Peterboro Pie Basket. Pie baskets are available in single pie, double pie and more.
Apple, pumpkin, chocolate cream, cherry, pecan…these are the top five American pie favorites. Whatever kind you like best, it’s always tastier when you keep it in a Peterboro Pie Basket!
Specially hand-crafted to accommodate a generous size pie, this basket’s three-quarter hinged solid wood lid and smooth swing handles make it “easy as pie” to store and tote your prize-winner to the fair or anywhere else. But be sure to keep a close watch wherever you take it – everyone wants to get their hands on our pie baskets!
Peterboro Bread Storage Basket
Where do you keep your bread and other bakery items? Piled on the counter? In the microwave? Crammed into the refrigerator? Stuffed in the cupboards? Well, here’s the ideal space-saving solution: our Bread Storage Basket!
Requiring slightly more than one square foot of level surface, it fits just about anywhere – on the counter or table, on a pantry shelf, or even on top of the fridge. The clever sloped shape and lift-up hinged lid with its solid wood knob make it easy to reach in to get the goods, and put them back when you’re done. Any way you slice it, this basket offers a most attractive way to store bakery items and more!
Pictured here in our Honey stain, it is also available in or Cherry or Natural finish, and comes with our Peterboro brass medallion and limited lifetime warranty. Measures approx.: 13-3/4"L x 13-3/4"W x 5"H in the front; 9-1/2"H in the back. Click here to order.
We are the only manufacturer of this “one-of-a-kind” basket design. Handcrafted in the USA from 100% USA made materials.
Peterboro Cool Stool
This 3 1/2 gallon insulated basket cooler doubles as a seat, it can hold up to 200 pounds.The custom high density styrofoam liner will keep things hot or cold and has one swing handle. This basket is great to take to golf tournaments to hold your food and drinks and can be used to sit on when your feet get too tired.
This is a great gift for a hunter or fisherman as well as the avid golfer.
Shown in our Honey finish and is also available in Cherry or Natural. Measures approx.: 12'' Dia. x 16'' H. Click here to order.
We are the only manufacturer of this "one-of-a-kind" basket design.
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