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Wire Storage Basket - Kaufmann Mercantile Store


No longer a staple of the locker room, the wire basket made of zinc-plated steel is an industrial home accessory, used to hold anything from kitchen supplies to shoes or a stash of potatoes.

The metal wire, made from shiny, zinc-plated, cold-rolled steel, is rust-resistant, making it useful for any environment, inside or outside, just as its creator, August Kaspar, intended.

Kaspar was a ranch hand in Shiner, Texas during the American Frontier age, at a time when barbed wire made a splash, promising to become the new and improved measure of holding cattle in check. This meant lots of smooth wire was being discarded by ranchers from all across the region. So Kaspar had a vision: making quality baskets. At first he fashioned himself a crude looking basket, made to help him carry hay and corn husks from the barn to the animal stalls. This was the humble beginnings of a company that now operates on a 40 acre manufacturing facility with state of the art equipment and highly experienced craftsmen. Since the first supply of Kaspar's baskets, handcrafted with the very wire from Texas pastures that farmers could no longer utilize, the company has kept on for five generations, still family owned.
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