why this product

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.

use & care

Fill the baskets with anything you can think of: magazines, dog toys, shoes, umbrellas, or small items that never have anywhere to go. The zinc-plated wire will not rust, so can go indoors or out.   A set of four baskets comes labeled with numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, or they can be sold separately without engraving.

production & design

Kaspar Wire Works was established in 1898 by August Kaspar, who constructed the first baskets using only his hands and a pair of pliers. In 1919, the company expanded, offering a host of new products like fly swatters, shopping carts, florists supplies, and more. Wire is unrivaled in its variety of uses, and Kaspar Wire Works has steadily expanded its line of quality wire products. By the 1990's, Kaspar Wire Works had the largest electroplating plant in the Southwest, and the company again expanded their product line, adding computer components, soft drink racks, and gym baskets. Since the days of August Kaspar, the company has remained in Shiner, Texas. Kaspar Wire Works is now in its 5th generation as a family owned company.

about the designer

Wire Storage Basket

Kaufmann Mercantile from New York, NY
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Multi-purpose wire storage basket. 12" wide x 13" deep x 8" tall. Made in Shiner, Texas. Comes individually unlabeled, or as a set of 4, labeled 1-4. Also available: Sheetmetal Wire Storage Basket. (more info)

More Details

  • Technical Specifications:

    Zinc-Plated Steel (shinier than galvanized)

    12" wide x 13" deep x 8" tall
    1.25" meshing (space between wire meshing)


  • Dimensions: H 1.0 Inches x W 1.0 Inches x L 1.0 Inches
  • Product Code: V176000282719

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  • We accept complimentary returns within 14 days of receipt if the item is unused and in original condition.
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