Hand coiled and sewn grass basket in a traditional ovoid shape and dating from the early 1900s (pre WWII). The stitching is tight, the coils uniform and the workmanship is that of a very experienced Native American basket maker. This basket was likely produced by a tribe along the western coast of North America, either in the US or southern Canada (f any viewer can narrow the tribal affiliation, then please do drop me an email –thanks, Doc).
This jar shaped basket is at least 75 years old and could be much older. It has aged over the ensuing decades with the grass darkening and acquiring a patina (please review all photos). The color of the basket is more grayish brown than the orangish brown seemingly depicted in many of the photos due to the use of artificial lighting. The photo that is closest to the true color is the second photo in the sequence, the one that shows an enlarged view of a small section of the top portion of the basket.
This basket may have had some painted vegetable dye colored decoration originally that has long since faded. That is, one can observe just a hint of hue differences along its mid-section and the lower-most six coils are substantially darker than all the upper coils. However, this is just speculation since no definitive design elements can be discerned.
Finally, there are two breaks creating small gaps in the rim coil that stop at the second coil down. Both are shown in the last photo with a black pen pointing to the irregular V-shaped tear at one location and a pencil pointing to a gap right where the rim coil originally started and was feathered out (see photos). Other than these two gaps, the remaining coils are intact and there are no other defects or major damage. A nice 75 to 125 year old Native American basket that has a maximum diameter of 10 inches and stands about 6 3/8 inches tall. So if you are looking for an old Native American basket from the west Coast of North America, then make sure you seriously consider this example while it is still available. And as always, this basket also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund (see full Return Policy details farther below).
SIZE: This is a seemingly larger basket when compared to many native baskets made in the last 50 years since it has a maximum belly diameter of about 10 inches (this example is older than 75 years). It stands about 6 3/8 inches tall, sits on a base measuring nearly 7 inches across (diameter) and has a mouth opening diameter of about 6 3/8 inches. As such, it is a nice size for displaying on a table, counter, bureau, shelf or mantle and will certainly capture attention in most any setting.
CONDITION: Overall, this basket is in good condition with just two minor declarations keeping it from being perfect. As noted in the main text above, there are two breaks along the top coil where small gaps occur along the rim where shorts part of the rim coil are missing (see all photos). Both gaps are shown in the very last photo with a black pen pointing to the irregular V-shaped gap at one location, and a yellow pencil pointing to another gap located right where the rim coil originally started and was feathered into the second coil down (see photos). Other than these two breaks, the coils are intact and there is no other defects or major damage. As also noted, the coils and stitching are tight and the grass has darkened, dried and aged but is still well preserved. The basket has no repairs and no restoration. And as always, if the buyer is not 100% satisfied, then she/he may return the basket for a refund (see our full refund policy noted below).
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