14446 This is a wonderful example of a woven splint eel trap basket. It is typical of early commercial eel pots used along the Chesapeake Bay by both Native Americans and Chesapeake Bay watermen. Cylindrical in shape they were woven over molds. The interior of the pot contains a funnel through which the eel cannot readily escape once it has gone through the small end of the funnel. A wooden plug would have been inserted at the larger end. Late 19th to early 20th C. In excellent condition. 21 in. tall.
Modern eel pots made from wire mesh are similar in design to these earlier basketry traps.