American baskets for bread, cake, or fruit are extremely rare. The monogram on the interior is for Susannah and Samuel Cornell. Myers made several objects for these wealthy patrons from New York and New Bern, North Carolina. According to the inscription on the underside of the basket, the Cornells later gave it to their daughter Hannah, who married Herman LeRoy on October 19, 1786.
Inscription: engraved at center of basket in interlaced script: SSC engraved on underside in script: Wedding present given / Mrs. Herman Le Roy (Hannah Cornell) / 19[superscript "th" over ".."] October 1786
Marking: marked on underside of body near foot rim in script: Myers (in shaped surround)
Made for Samuel (1731–1781) and Susannah Mabson (d. 1778) Cornell, New York, NY and New Bern, NC; to their daughter, Hannah Cornell Le Roy (ca. 1760–1818); by descent to Stuyvesant Le Roy (b. 1865); to his cousin, Augusta McCagg (b. 1895)I; bought by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1954.