October 29, 2018

• DID YOU KNOW? • History of Tobacco Baskets & Tips {updated}



Hello! With the onset of popularity around reproduction Tobacco Baskets. I decided it would be fun to update/repost my Tobacco Basket post from December 20, 2011 {back when my blog was called Tina's place for this and that)  With a few updated pictures and some ideas and inspiration.

I do have to say that I was amazed when the first reproductions came out and the response of people saying they had never heard of Tobacco Baskets, especially with so many bloggers using vintage, antique decor and Pinterest


Short history:
First let me say that through my information gathering (research), I discovered that in certain areas they no longer call them tobacco baskets but warehouse baskets! 🤦‍♀️

It is believed that the first baskets were developed by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, when North Carolina became the primary area for tobacco raising around the late 1800's. Before the development of these baskets; tobacco leaves used to be shipped and delivered in barrels. This way of shipping made the inspection of the leaves rather difficult and the leaves were not kept clean either.  Once tobacco baskets came along the leaves were laid in a circular pattern with the steams facing out. A hook is secured to the center of the basket and they are hoisted in the air for ease of weighing and loading. READ MORE 
Unfortunately, North Carolina's tobacco warehouses and companies switched to using burlap after the 1980's.

Just in case someone has never seen tobacco leaves

Since these baskets were either owned by the warehouse or the tobacco companies the original baskets had their names stenciled or painted on the side. Another little piece of there character that to the charm!


Tips for use:
Honestly these baskets are so pretty that just hanging them on a wall is a statement within itself.

Like this image below....WOW!
I'm unable to find the original source for this image.
If any one knows please leave me a comment, so I can give
credit where credit is due.

Photo by Troy Rhone Garden Design - More traditional home design photos.
Cute, huh?
This is my basket from the original post back in 2011. I attached 2 faux plants in the corner, and at one time there was a large metal star, too. Until I found this plaque at Kirklands not long after we moved in here and replaced the star with it. It hangs on our screened in porch.


The wonderful thing about these baskets is they can be used anywhere, especially outside and there is no need to worry about the weather ruining them. In fact, it makes them more appealing.



Enjoy your day,
♡ Tina ♡