History of Tobacco Baskets + Tips (revisited)


Hello! With the onset of popularity around reproduction Tobacco Baskets. I decided it would be fun to repost/revive my Tobacco Basket post (found here)  With a few updated pictures of mine and some tips.

I do have to say that I was amazed when the first reproductions came out and the response of people saying they had never heard of Tobacco Baskets, especially with so many bloggers using vintage and antique decor and Pinterest.

I can understand the fascination with the reproductions. One reason is even the largest reproduction is smaller than the originals, so they can be hung anywhere. Two,  many are attracted to the price, honestly I have seen the originals selling for a lot cheaper than the reproductions. Three,  they are cute! However, since they lack  the history of the originals, they do not possess the same character and char {imo}.

my tobacco basket

Short history:
First let me say that through my information gathering I discovered that in certain areas they have gone politically correct (smh) and now refer to them as "warehouse baskets".

Anyways. . .

 It is believed that the first baskets were developed by R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, when North Carolina became the primary area for tobacco raising around the late 1800's. The main reason for there development was for easy inspection,{tobacco leaves used to be shipped and delivered in barrels; making inspection of the leaves rather difficult}, and to keep the leaves clean.

The baskets are made from oak.

The leaves are laid in a circular pattern with the steams facing out. A hook is secured to the center of the basket and they are hoisted in the air, for easy weighing and loading.(read more here)

After the 1980's North Carolina's tobacco warehouses and companies switched to burlap.

However, Maryland still uses the baskets.

photo attributed to
just in case someone has never seen tobacco leaves!
Since these baskets were either owned by the warehouse or the tobacco company the original baskets had their names stenciled on the side. They also have a very distinct design, which {imo} adds to there beauty.

here is the side of mine, the only word that is barely visible is "Knox"

my basket (again)
Tips on how to use/decorate:
Honestly, these baskets are so pretty that just hanging them on a wall is a statement within itself. Look at the image below...WOW! What a statement that makes...

CANNOT FIND THE ORIGINAL SOURCE FOR THIS IMAGE, IF ANYONE KNOWS PLEASE LEAVE ME A COMMENT SO I CAN GIVE CREDIT. THANK YOU!


If you find yourself wanting to add a little something to them, here are some suggestions.

French Country Rustic tool badge

On mine I added some greenery around the top left corner, then secured a sign {this is the first look}.
While cleaning and trying to redo the porch & patio, (the concrete needs to be repainted, but afternoon/evening rain is making it hard to get it done), I decided that it was time for mine to get a different look, mainly because the greenery was on its last leg!! Upon further inspection, I also discovered that a few creepy crawlies had taken up residence, {sorry I don't do spiders...smh nope!}  DH, {seeing me do the heeby jeeby dance} was nice enough {while laughing} to remove the greenery for me.


I decided to go with a wreath for now.


I would LOVE to have about 50 ... umm ... 2 maybe 3 more!


You can also find other inspiration on my Pinterest board (found here).

Like it? Pin it!




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