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​Early Painted Basket

This early basket retains a paint history of black over an earlier gray.  Or perhaps the black was over an earlier white, thus turning it to more of a gray.  This basket is heavy, another sign of multiple paint layers.  It has a nice tight weave and a double-wrapped rim.  Notice the nice kick-up on the inside.  Scattered, very minor, imperfections.  See photos.  Measuring 9 1/2" to 10" wide (very slightly out of round) by 9 1/2" to top of handle.  A fine early painted basket!