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Woven Splint Basket

A winnowing basket is a shallow circular bamboo basket traditionally used to separate grain from chaff.  The edge of the basket is made from strips of bark wraps with strips of fibre to add strength to the rim. 

A coiled basket is crafted from one continuous strand or from bundles of fibers sewn together in a spiral.

A buttocks, or fanny basket, was traditionally used for egg gathering.  Double fanny basket.  The basket's sides curve outward from the base and co0ntinue straight up to meet the reinforced rim and handle.  

Onion Basket

Footed Storage Basket

This is a sturdy basket that displays beautifully. 

A splint basket with the sides and bottom formed from woven or braided splints

A woven rib-style kidney-shaped oak splint basket with arch-bent oak handle, double rim, original surface with dry clean patina.  A couple splint breaks.  The handle has natural age cracks.

Hen Basket:  this basket was a form of frame basket made by weaving around several main hoops and added ribs

The handle runs through the body of the basket.

Deep honey brown color


Openwork basket with vertical stakes

Reed, cane, willow, oak, ash

The parts of a basket are the base, the side walls, and the rim. A basket may also have a lid, handle, or embellishments.

HANDLES:  Side Handles, wrapped central handle,

Stake and strand

Stake and strand is a traditional European basketry technique for working with willow.

It describes the way in which the basket has been constructed; the weave consists of strong sticks (in the base) and uprights (in the sides) over which thinner rods are woven. It is a fairly fast way technique. This was the main method used in the basketry workshops that sprang up to service the rural industries. Most baskets that were made in quantity were woven in this way because it was efficient and cost-effective.

The parts of the basket

Stake and strand baskets are made from the base up with the border made last. Handles, lids and latches are worked at the end.

The base is made first and separately. The base dictates the eventual size of the basket and the weight of willow used dictates the strength.


Beautiful vintage basket ~ There are no artisan or mfg markings. I purchased from a local collector, who told me basket was from Africa.


Approximate measurements of basket: About 10" across the top by about 3" to 3.5" high (depending on which side you measure, as the basket is not even in its design).

Please note: Colors of basket in person may differ somewhat from photos, as all computer monitors have differences.


Basket is large and made of reeds and/or wicker of some sort, with some sections of the pattern in natural color wicker, with some sections of the pattern in russet brown and dark brown. Some of the weave is more tightly woven, with the center section in a more loosely designed pattern that has an intrinsic round hope in the bottom, where the basket maker started the weave / pattern (intrinsic). The basket was designed / made unevenly, so it's somewhat uneven in its shape (not in the round), with one side of it being higher than the other (and a small section on the side edge, where this is more obvious in its un-even quality. This is intrinsic).


Basket in good condition, looks pretty clean too, just minor soiling / dust from display, with a couple of small faint stains. The coloring looks good, as does the weave pattern. There are some minor small intrinsic imperfections in the finish / weave (such as little pieces of reed or wicker sticking up here and there on basket that are rough or a bit sharp to the touch, and some long wicker or reed strands sticking out of the bottom (reverse) side of basket + uneven edges, which are just part of the hand done artistic process. As previously mentioned, the basket is not in the round, as it was made uneven, with one side higher than the other, and there's a small section on one side edge, where this is more obvious, as it "stands up" higher in that area. There is some natural toning to the colors of the basket (intrinsic). In the bottom of basket, there are some small "holes" and a round bottom center hole - these are not damage holes, but holes that are a deliberate part of the design / weave, and thus intrinsic.