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A friend of mine is moving into a circa 1800 farmhouse here in Pa. It has been in his family for 5 generations and is filled with very early antiques of all kinds. He came across this Native American basket. It measures about 18" in diameter and 5" deep. Someone from a local museum thinks it may be Apache. I was wondering if anyone would have any insight or information on this. Thanks.

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A "generation" is 20 years, X 5 = 100 years, 1921.  I am 6th generation, my ancestors migrated in 1828. None of this matters and doesn't date your basket. Fact is, the baskets are still being made currently.

It is a "winnowing basket" used to remove chaff from the seed using wind and gravity. Toss it into the air, catch the seed, wind blows the chaff off. Most American Indian tribes make or made them including Apaches. You need to closely examine the material used to make the basket and determine materials used. This is beyond my ability. A genuine Apache basket from 1800 or older is worth from $4,000. to $12,000. USD.

Thanks Tom. We are really just beginning to uncover the many antiques and collectibles in the house. We will take a closer look at this to see if we can indeed determine what it is made of and possibly date it. Should be interesting. Thanks again.

Bill, you have an enviable task ahead of you...I love doing things like that. Have you seen the weekly program on PBS, Thursday evenings, "Escape to the Chateau".  Two Brits bought an abandoned castle in France filled with goodies and have been remodeling it into a B&B/Wedding chapel. Fantastic show. You get used to her bright red hair!

Yes Tom, I love it too. Just the history alone that is in the house. From coins and jewelry to crocks and pottery, antique clothing and tons of early books. Plus there ia a summer kitchen house, a barn, and 5 other out buildings. And as you well know, you have to dig through every box, nook and cranny to see what is actually in there. I have seen previews for "Escape to the Chateau" but have not seen the show yet. I will have to check it out.


Bill, "Kitchen summer house" explained.  Most house fires started in the kitchen, so builders began building the kitchen next door in its own house so that the whole house wouldn't burn down. Dates the house to mid 1800s or earlier.

Thanks Tom. Makes perfect sense. Here are a few photos of the inside of the "summer" house. All done in the old beaded boards. Check out the old drysink and cupboard. Lol.


eGADS, since recommending watching "Escape to the Chateau" (EC) they've changed their format.  I actually turned off the last EC show. VERY BORING, they are making kiddy crafting stuff for which I have no interest...

Lol. Thanks.


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