This is a clean, sturdy, heavy and interesting example of a British WW2 War Department wicker basket that was used to transit (probably) documents between the UK and Africa. There are stamps to the waterproof lining for the War Dept with thier distinctive arrow head and the makers name and date (1942 are also stamped on the liner.
There are a number of labels that suggest the African connection including Kenya and Mombasa. These can be seen clearly in the attached photographs.
The basket is heavily reinforced with metal and the closure loops are a heavy metal which are large enough to take two large padlocks (not supplied).
There is a sturdy and solid handle on each side of this basket and there are wooden feet attached to the base to add further strength and keep the main body of the basket and its contents off potentially damp floors.
This is a special piece with significant historical cues which suggest some exciting adventures along the way.
Please see all the photographs for a good visual inspection.
This would work well for storage around your home or as a coffee or other occasional style table.
Height = 51 cm / 20″
Width = 74 cm / 29″
Depth = 51 cm / 20″
Weight = 12kg