1) In general the fibrous bark used for matting, ropes, or cord but here a type of basket, suitable for carrying heavy objects, apparently an earlier spelling of ‘bass’.

c.1400 cum basts emptis pro portagio lapidum, York

1453 1 scok bastes [a shock was 60 pieces], Hull

1464-5 ‘Paid for three basts used there 12d’, Hull.

places York Hull
dates 1400 1453 1464-1465

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