New England Antique Splint Basket with Carved Wood Handle

Sale price $70.00 Regular price $95.00

Photos do not do justice to the gorgeous warm sheen on this antique splint basket; this is just a super lovely thing. Late 19th century, I believe, it features a carved wooden handle, notched below the lip on each side and then woven into the basket as it tapers down the sides. This basket is pretty sturdy and could still be put to use gathering this or that, though I'd probably be inclined just to display it somewhere to be admired. I purchased it at an estate sale in Weston, MA that included many fine antiques.

The basket measures 9 1/4" wide x 9" deep; 9 3/4" tall with handle, 5 1/4" tall not measuring handle. One end of the wooden handle has broken off near the tip such that it does not extend all of the way down the side of the basket--not very noticeable, and with no apparent impact on the strength of the handle. There is also a small split in the wood of the handle as it crosses the top of the basket--again very minor, and the handle remains strong. Otherwise, excellent antique condition.