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NATIVE AMERICAN COVERED BASKET
An exceptional Native American covered basket.It measures about 18" long, 15" wide, and 11" tall. It has swabbed weavers as well as stamped decoration. The interior is lined not only with colorful early wallpaper, but also beneath the wallpaper, with a relegious paper that is from Hingham, MA and dated 1830. An interesting original construction feature is the two splint wrapped runners that reinforce and strengthen the bottom. The basket is in very good condition.
19th c. SAILORS MACRAME BASKET
This is an example of 19th or early 20th century sailor's macrame or knot work. It is made to resemble a China export or early pearlware retuculated fruit basket or chestnut bowl. The diameter is 8 3/4" X 9 1/2". The height is approximately 2". It is made of fishing line that is stiffened with varnish. I have seen examples similar to this one referred to as being made in Grand Bank, Nova Scotia by fishermen in the late 19th and early 20th century. It is in very good condition.with a mellow old surface.
LARGE ROUND FIELD BASKET
This is an exceptional field basket with nicely shaped uprights and a kicked in base. It measures 13 1/2" high not including the handles. The diameter is 20". The basket is in very good condition although there is some loss to the cross wrapping at the rim. This basket has great form and a beautiful patina!
TACONIC SWING HANDLE BASKET
One of the nicest 19th centuryTaconic swing handle baskets I have ever seen! The handle is beautifully carved in a form reminiscent of a heart! The basket is a nice small size and is in very good original condition as well. The height to the rim of the basket not including the handle is approx 4 1/2"". The height to the top of the handle when it is in the upright position is 9". The top diameter is 7 3/4 ". There are a couple of tiny breaks to the weavers as photographed. Really, this basket is overall very good original condition!
GROUP OF THREE BASKETS BY REZO WATERS STAMFPRD, CONNECTICUT
There are many baskets that are collected for their beauty but more often than not the maker's identity is never known. These three impressive baskets have an interesting history and came down through a daughter of Rollo Waters Mrs. John Maziarak of Stamford. The baskets were made in Stamford, Connecticut by Rezo Waters or his son Rollo Waters. Both men were known for fine baskets. In fact a portion of Stamford, known in the early 19th century as Danntown, was famous for fine basket weaving as was nearby Pount Ridge, NY. Rollo was married to Charlotte Dann. Among the Dann family there were several basket weavers as well. The Waters family was known for their fine stout woven oak splint baskets.
These three examples all survive in very good condition. The taller example is darker than the other two. The market measures 9 3/4" to the top of the handle. The length is 23 1/2" and the width is 14 1/2".. The gathering basket measures 10" to the top of the handle. The opening at the top is 9 3/4". The tall basket without handle is 11 1/2" in height with a top diameter of 12".
LARGE ADIRONDACK PACK BASKET
This large pack basket is from an estate in Western, Connecticut, a town called Waterford. The man and his wife were fond of hiking and camping in the Adirondacks. We have both of their hiking baskets offered on our website. This is the larger of the two Adirondack pack baskets. presumably the man's. The height is approximately 19" not including the hande. It is in very good overall condition with a little losst to the wrap at the rim. The webbing is intact. The splint appears to be ash, and it darkened from age. This basket dates to the first quarter of the 20th century.
SMALL ADIRONDACK PACK BASKET
This is the smaller pack basket from the same Western, Connecticut estate in Watertown as the basket above. It remains in an excellent state of preservation. It is also woven of ash that has darkened from age. It too retains its original webbing. This is truly a beautiful petite pack basket in very nice condition. The overall height not including the handle is approximately 15"..