RARE NATIVE AME RI CAN ARNOLD FAMILY GRAFTON, MASSACHUSETTS LARGE WOVEN SPLINT BLACK ASH RECTANGLAR GATHERING BASKET, in OLD NUT BROWN NATURALLY AGED WOOD COLOR & DRY, MATTE PATINA, with VERY LITTLE MATERIAL LOSS, if ANY. [Potato stamped, color hieroglyphic symbols often found on the sidewalls on these large Native Ame ri can'Hassanamisco' (Nipmuc) rectangular black ash splint gathering baskets, are now absent or so diminished, they're no longer visible]. Early to mid 19th century Eastern woodland tribe black ash splint hand woven gathering/linen baskets created by the Arnold Family of Grafton, Massachusetts, members of the eastern Massachusetts Nipmuc tribe. 21 1/2" Length x 14 " Depth x 9 Height.Extremely rare, large and nearly 100% intact, with only barely noticeable breaks in the splint woven black ash strands. In gorgeous, naturally aged nut brown color and original dry, matte surfaces. Most likely produced by the Arnold Family of the Nipmuc tribal nation of Grafton, Massachusetts, located in the southeastern portion of Massachusetts, north of Rhode Island in southern Worcester County. Potato stamped, color hieroglyphic symbols often found on the sidewalls on these large Native Ame ri can Hassanamisco' (Nipmuc) rectangular black ash splint gathering baskets, are now absent or so diminished, they're no longer visible. Miraculously the top woven wrap found along the top bent black ash branch, meant to provide structural integrity to the basket and hold its rectangular form in place, is without noticeable loss, as is often the case with these early Native Ame ri can baskets, especially the larger ones, as this one, at 21 1/2" in Length by 14" in Depth by 9 in Height.
A fantastic early to mid 19th century Native Ame ri can, Nipmuc antique artifact from the Arnold Family of Grafton, Massachusetts. Very clean and very, very rare, especially in this kind of near museum quality, 100%, absolutely untouched, antique condition.
Very Good to Excellent overall antique condition. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American: US\1800-1934\Baskets". The seller is "modsanctuary" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.