Fostoria American Reed Handle Basket

Reed Handle Basket


Item Number:  125
Approximate Size:  9″ L – 7″ W – 4″ H
Production Dates:  1940-1958

The Reed Handle Baskets were produced for less than twenty years, and are very easy to identify.  While the reed handles make them easy to distinguish, they also can be problematic.  Many of the original reed handles are missing on the glass baskets found today.  Since the handles were made out of natural material, they are prone to breakage and splitting.  Therefore, it is very important to keep your original handle clean and preserved.

I am sure many people will have different and preferred methods of how they clean the handles; however, I will share with you what I do.  If they are dirty, I use Murphy Oil Soap to clean them. To get into the small crevices, I use a soft toothbrush. Once the handle is completely dry from cleaning, I then apply Lemon Oil for preservation. Lemon Oil will clean wood too; however, this final treatment helps keep the handle from drying out and cracking.  It penetrates the wood, replenishing the oil it has lost over time.  This process has worked very well for me, and hopefully will for you, too.  It also has a refreshing scent, and helps to prevent mold from developing in the handle.  This is important, as you don’t want to apply a wax or preservative over a handle that is still damp from cleaning.

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