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Baskets have been around since the beginning of time and when you think of primitives you just can't help but think of BASKETS.  The gorgeous patina of an early basket that comes with age just cannot be duplicated.  There are a variety of styles - each designed for a specific purpose - and a variety of materials and weaving of different types of baskets.  I'm partial to the early splint basket...usually made of oak.  Baskets are as useful as they are attractive, so if you have any early baskets to share with the group, we would love to see them!!!!

Below is part of my collection of primitive baskets.  The charm that these baskets add to my rooms cannot be overstated.  They shout COUNTRY CHARM!

I also have a Valley of Virginia White Oak splint gathering basket currently on display in the Vintage Touch shop space for sale.  For details on this piece click on: http://iantiqueonline.ning.com/photo/19th-century-white-oak-valley?...  BASKET HAS BEEN SOLD!

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Beautiful baskets! I NEVER find nice baskets! I've got a couple I love, and the rest are that special. Yours are very nice! Karen




The competition to get early baskets is usually pretty fierce and they do get a little pricey because of that.  Still the genuine old baskets had an unmistakable primitive charm and I think well worth the money.  Thanks for sharing and sharing your links! 
I went to a rummage sale; bunch of cheap baskets marked 25 cents. Picked up 39 rib buttocks basket. Book value $206.  Not bad for a quarter.  Picked up a smaller one, 23 ribs, this past summer for 50 cents. They're out there, you just have to look for them.  Found an old Missouri basket a few years ago. Lady had her money (for yard sale) in it. Asked her if she wanted to sell it; paid her $15. but it was really nice.
You did GOOD FOR SURE!  What a great find!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   I'm sure you are correct....they are out there. With a little training of the eye....you can spot an early basket among all the newer ones.  Thank you for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  and thanks for sharing your story of how you found it! 


I bought it at a yard sale for 10 cents.  I looked and looked at it before I bought it. My guess is that it is mid-American, Amish, Shaker, or Native American.  It's a rectangular market basket. Usually rectangular baskets use a rectangular form to help shape the basket.  The basket is woven willow or reed, not wicker. The handle is ash (I think) and is wrapped with hand-cut splint with a single strand woven in the center for design.  In the picture with the pencil you can see the bare handle which is grooved on the edges clear around (similar to molding).  The pencil points at a wooden peg that keeps the handle from coming out. The grooved edges also assist in keeping the handle attached.

It is painted black inside on the bottom and outside on the bottom. That probably prevents rot.  All four sides are painted in green, yellow, red, white and light blue colored designs, maybe flowers and leaves.

Age?  I'm guessing mid 19th Century. Condition is quite good, although the nature of willow requires a lot of splicing which looks like breakage.

DIMENSIONS: 12" long, 11.5" high, 9" wide (opening). 


Deanna, who is Karen and where is her Post?

Sorry I missed you Tom - your basket looks like a reed basket but my age guesstimate would be first half of 20th century rather than 19th century. This type of basket is usually called a market basket. Thanks for sharing.

Deanna, Thanks for your info.  Reed, makes sense. Do you have any idea who made it?

I determine age by the size of the splint.  Most splint is cut by electrically powered cutting machines.  Prior to electricity they used water power, or steam in some cases, to cut splint.  Prior to that (mid 19th Century) they did it by hand.  Hand cut splint is determined by different thicknesses and different widths.

If you look at the handle you can see different widths of splint. I can see different thicknesses but getting a shot (picture) is impossible.  Another way to determine age is the lack of steel nails to hold the handle in place, or to secure the rim.

I am not an expert on baskets but have studied them somewhat.  I realize a forgery or fake can be made the old fashioned way, but who would go to that trouble for a market basket?

Any idea of a value?

Thanks for your information.

No idea of the maker...sometimes style and material will give you a clue as to region.  I'm not an expert on baskets either - just know a bit from dealing with them for a number of years.  As to value it is really hard to say since I cannot handle and touch it.  I know when I get splint baskets they are always more pricey then the reed if that is any help.  


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