Antique Basket Round Lidded Dyed Splint Native NE American

 Antique Basket Round Lidded Dyed Splint Native NE American

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Plaited, dyed wood splint storage baskets like this one were commonly produced in the Northeastern U.S. from the mid-1800's. This round basket with inset lid, often termed a sewing basket, dates from the late 19th century and is made of brown ash, the so-called "basket tree." The combination of both narrow and wide weft splints narrows the area of origin down to New England, probably from one of the Wabanaki tribes. possibly Penobscot. The dyed splints began as a vivid orange-red; the least faded splints are naturally on the bottom, hidden over the years from the light. As was the custom, the interior splints were not colored, to conserve the valuable dye. The lid, which fits perfectly and removes easily, has a small curved handle wrapped with very narrow splint strips and there are two rows of twined splint encircling the basket. Read More...

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