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Elizabeth Hickox was a master basket maker. Her incredibly fine work is apparent in the 800 stitches per square inch that appear in her baskets. Hickox combined plant material, usually the dark five-fingered fern, with yellow porcupine quills (dyed with lichen) to create a strong color contrast and dynamic abstract designs. The lid’s tall knob handle is one of Hickox’s hallmarks and her own invention. Hickox sold her baskets to a dealer who marketed them to collectors, and, in turn, Hickox was able to provide a good income for her family, enjoy travel, and acquire the latest fashions of her day.