Gabriel Frey Purse Basket
This is, quite simply, a stunningly beautiful piece of work.
Passamaquoddy basket maker Gabriel Frey is son of Gal Frey and brother of Jeremy Frey. Gabriel’s baskets are of the utilitarian type. He makes the ash baskets in the old way, with no nails or glue.
This basket is made in the style of pack baskets, with a bulge that was designed to fit against the hull of a canoe. The leather cover peels back to expose the entire contents of the basket.
Leather shoulder strap is easily removable with metal releases.
A strip of leather runs up the front of the purse, showing through a lattice of ash; each side sports its own strip. On he inside of the cover, there is sewn a piece of brass with Wabanaki double curve designs.
This purse is beautiful as well as rugged and is meant to be used; it need not sit on a shelf, though that can be done as well.
Basket is 10 in. high x 7 1/4 in wide x 4 in. at its deepest