In the images I've seen, the Alms baskets were carried by 2 handles,
oval in shape. This seems to make sense for the idea of a Voider as
well. Following the history of the baskets, from Voider to Maund to
Alms basket, you can trace back that shape. Probably a Willow basket,
woven to hold tight to whatever contents were in it. I'd even go with
semi-circular base (more like a tabbyweave)... there's several
Good call on the correlation with crust of bread and alms for the
poor. It's exciting to think about it!
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, "chrisredstone" <christine@...>
> The reference to the Alms basket sounds grimly possible. In Medieval
> England they used loaves baked in a crude oven to serve the Lord of
> the Manor and his entourage their meals. Because of the way the bread
> was baked the base of the loaf was almost ineddible and this was
> to the poor. Hence the expression 'the uper crust' referring to the
> well off!
> Alms were donations given to the poor and if you think about the two
> situations - throwing left overs out to the poor and clearing the
> tables and putting the left overs in an Alms baskets, there is an
> obvious correlation- and it looks like the rich were still throwing
> their left overs to the humble poor even in the 1850's.