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Basket Carvings for the Catch

The standard catch on a handbag is simply an ivory or ebony pin that fits through two interlocking cane wrapped pieces of leather as shown in the first image.  I made the choice years ago ( I had seen this in several places) to orient the pin vertically instead of the more commonly seen horizontal direction.  Over the years I had heard so many women complain about how the pin (horizontal) constantly falls out and I also like the symmetry of the vertical orientation.  I adapted this idea to my full ivory catches as well.

In the last few years, my students have gotten very inventive with different carvings to use as the closure.  Using rare earth magnets has enabled me to use a very wide range of carvings to make each basket a true one of a kind.

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Carvings Collection

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