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Unusual Vintage 1800's Basket

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I was told when I purchased this at an antique store years ago that is was an old railroad basket. It looks like it is an old travel basket woven of very fine sweetgrass. I can imagine someone carrying it on a train in the 1800's. It's a very unusual basket. It closes and at one time locked. The lock doesn't work now, and I don't have the key. It has some issues due to its age and obvious use: the metal pieces have surface rust, the edges show wear, there is some loose weaving and loss of materials on the corners, and the inside fabric lining is discolored, coming loose in some places, and has holes in others.

Regardless of all of this, it is a fabulous, sturdy, primitive piece! It would blend wonderfully with a collection of old suitcases and trunks. I have enjoyed it displayed on an old cabinet.

16" long
12" tall (not including the handle that sticks up 2 1/2")
7" wide

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Unusual Vintage 1800's Basket


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: sweetgrass, fabric, leather, metal
  • Only ships within United States.
  • Feedback: 155 reviews
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