Rent basket, ca. 1910
This rare sweet grass basket shaped like a pumpkin was woven by a Penobscot Indian. The Penobscot Indians came to Friendship every summer to gather sweet grass along the shore by the Jameson & Wotton Wharf. At the end of the season, they would give a basket to Walter Wotton as "rent" for allowing them to set up camp for the summer. Over the years Walter Wotton ended up with a substantial collection of these baskets.