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Staff Artifact Pick: Body Basket

Staff Artifact Pick: Wicker Body Basket

Just in time for Halloween!   

Creepy or Fascinating?  You decide!

Watch as Administrative and Collections Assistant Danielle tells you about her staff pick: a wicker body basket.
body basket
The body basket was made at the Tickell Furniture Factory in Belleville.   George S. Tickell ran his furniture factory from 1858 to 1929.  The factory was located on Foundry Street – a street that no longer exists – in Belleville.
Foundry Street was located downtown, close near the corner of Front Street and Pinnacle Street.  The approximate location of Foundry street was near the present day parking lot behind the Federal Building which is located on the Southeast corner of the intersection.
You can see an historic photo of the interior of the Tickell Factory courtesy of the Community Archives.
Tickell also operated a retail furniture store until 1931 at 277 Front Street and supplemented his income by offering undertaking and funeral services.
Body basket

 

Melissa Wakeling has a Bachelor of Arts from Trent University and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Museum Management and Curatorship from Fleming College. Melissa works as Education and Marketing Coordinator at Glanmore National Historic Site in Belleville, Ontario.