Rare, primitive, splint apple-picking basket with forged iron hook. This large gathering basket (possibly oak splint) is rather unusual. The 12 ribs are tapered so that they are narrow at the upper edge and widen at the bottom to create a more secure structure for holding fruit. Attached to the bentwood handle by means of a leather belt is a forged iron hook. This hook would then attach to the picker’s own belt, allowing him or her to use both hands for picking. Judging by the lovely patina, this piece was probably made in the late nineteenth or early 20th century.
Basket — 21½ inches (55 cm) long, 11 inches (28 cm) wide, 10½ inches (27 cm) tall to the top of the handle
Forged iron hook — 8 inches (19.5 cm) long, 2½ inches (6.5 cm) wide
There are two places on the upper rim where the splint wrapping has been glued to the rim. However, this is an old repair and does not detract from the overall good condition of the piece. The basket is still sturdy and useable.
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