oak splint, 1860-1890
Illinois State Museum collection purchase
This carefully constructed basket was used for light gathering tasks like collecting eggs. Baskets like this one are frequently called "melon" or "gizzard" baskets, terms that refer to their particular rounded shape. Most are constructed in a wickerwork rib-style, meaning that fine splints (thin, flexible wood strips) are woven in and out over sturdy ribs, which establish the basic shape.
This basket belonged to the Detmer family of Golden, Illinois. Currently, we have no further information about this family.