Passamaquoddy herring scale basket

Herring Scale Baskets

circa 1960s


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A cache of these baskets was discovered in storage, having been placed there when new in the 1960s.

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Purchase via Natural Resources Council of Maine's Online Store
—and Benefit both Save Passamaquoddy Bay & Natural Resources Council of Maine

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Limited supply!

  • Hand-woven by skilled Passamaquoddy craftsmen
  • Sturdy black ash, prepared using traditional methods
  • Bent wood handles
  • Made for the herring pearlessence industry

Each basket is unique — no two are exactly alike.

Read about Scale Basket history

Baskets were paint-encoded for each particular pearl essence factory.
Three Two codings to choose from:


Pearl Essence Company


<< SOLD OUT >> Green stripe Mearl Corporation Eastport, ME << SOLD OUT >>
<< SOLD OUT >> Reddish-brown "A" + stripe Argenta Products Co. Eastport, ME << SOLD OUT >>
<< SOLD OUT >> Reddish-brown "MP" Maine Pearl Essence Eastport, ME << SOLD OUT >>
Note: The coding information provided is to the best of our knowledge.

Stripes go all the way around striped baskets.

The green-striped baskets are available in the largest quantity.

Basket Dimensions

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Many practical uses

Buy Now, while they're
still available

Scale basket holding kindling

Use to hold firewood kindling or newspapers.

Scale Basket
green stripe
(Mearl Corporation)

Shipping is by US Postal Service — Ground.

Orders to US destinations only.

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Scale basket full of toys

Great for storing toys or other objects.

Scale Basket
reddish-brown "A" and stripe
(Argenta Products)

Scale basket containing towels

Keep washroom towels with a maritime accent, or use the basket for laundry.

Scale Basket
reddish-brown "MP"
(Maine Pearlessence)

Basket photography contributed by and
© 2007 Guisinger Photography.

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