Rustic baskets like this one are a pleasure to have around, reminding us of the charm of hand made things for our home. Whether they're made from vines, twigs or willow, they are surprisingly sturdy and so attractive with their natural color variations. This oval melon basket was hand woven with vines over eight ribs, a closely wrapped rim and a fixed bent branch handle that's knobby and natural.
This country basket is a nice size, measuring 13 1/2 inches long at the top and 11 inches wide from handle to handle. The height to the top of the handle measures about 14 inches and the usable depth of the interior is 5 inches. There are a couple of small breaks that don't create any gaps, but there is one gap where the rib shows near the handle that is just the way it was made. The handle leans a bit to the right or the left, depending on which side you're viewing it from. Definitely not that perfect, machine made look! It's in excellent condition, ready to be used for display or storage or to add to your basket collection.
By: Linda Henrich
Photos by: Wayne Henrich