It might interest you to know that U.S. Patent No. 286,952 was granted in 1883 to one William J. Moore of Weatherford, Texas for a new and improved wire harvest basket, the manufacture of which involved threading a wire through a top and a bottom hoop to form “an open net-work of reverse diagonally arranged or crossing wires.” If you think this sounds complicated, imagine how labor-intensive it was to make the handles.
Fast-forward to the 21st century for more improvements in the world of woven wire—oblong baskets, conical baskets, clam buckets, and wooden handles. What remains the same, however, is the object’s usefulness. A single wire basket is versatile enough to hold potatoes gathered from the garden or a stack of blankets in a bedroom.
Here are 10 of our favorite modern wire baskets, to gather and store valuables found outdoors or in:
Is storage on your mind? For more indoor-outdoor options, see: