Date: early 1900s
This basket was meant to hang on a wall or some other flat surface. It was woven from thin bands of flat-split oak. The body is attached to one side of an oak ring that forms the basket’s spine and handle. Perhaps the basket once kept keys handy by a door, or served some other similarly practical purpose. Or maybe it was used for purely decorative purposes hanging on the wall by itself, or perhaps it displayed dried flowers. Most likely, as was the case with most baskets, over its long history it was used for both useful and decorative purposes.