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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 religious 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.
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!
GROUP OF THREE BASKETS BY REZO WATERS STAMFORD, 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".