Antique & Vintage Basket Price Guide
Baskets have been hand-crafted for centuries. Various grasses, tree barks, plant stems, reeds, and wood have been fashioned into baskets of all kinds. Coiling, weaving, and plaiting are three common methods used to make baskets.
About This Price Guide
Each of the items in the photos below I currently own or have owned in the past. Most are pieces that an “average” buyer or seller might come across, unlike many price guides that contain only higher end items.
Values are based on my personal experience being in the antique business for almost twenty years. Note that values vary from state to state, region to region, and country to country.
For example, I live in Upstate New York, which has a very different market than New York City. Other factors affecting value include condition and market (auction, store, eBay, etc.).
My goal is to provide helpful information, so please accept this Guide in the spirit it was intended.
Small Red Painted Oak Splint Basket
$25-30.00 (SOLD, $25 from my shop)
Wicker Gathering Basket
9″ high x 9″ deep x 1o” wide
$18-22.00 (SOLD, $20 from my shop)
Native American Tote Basket (Woodland Indian)
Ash splint & Hong Kong cord
10″ high x 6.5″ deep x 15″ wide
Wicker Market Basket
17″ high x 13″ deep x 18″ wide
$18-22.00 (SOLD, $20 from my shop)
Wicker Half-Melon Basket
11″ high x 10″ deep x 20″ wide
$25-30.00 (SOLD, $22 from my shop)
Oak Splint Gathering Basket
9″ high x 19″ wide x 9″ deep c1970’s
$22-25.00 (SOLD, $22 from my shop)
14″ high (missing lids) c.1940’s
$45-50.00 (SOLD, $45 via Shaker Craft Fair)
Vintage Oak Splint Pie Carrier
$18-22.00 (SOLD, $18, from my shop)
Vintage Wicker Wine Basket
8″ x 14″ x 4″
Vintage Oak Splint Picnic Basket
Vintage Wicker Gathering Basket
8″ x 10 1/2″
Northeast American Indian Basket (for tourist trade)
6″ high x 5″ diameter, ash splint & sweet grass, c. 1940’s
NOTE: Learn more about NE Woodlands Native American Baskets HERE.
Northeast American Indian Basket (for tourist trade)
4″ high x 5″ diameter, ash splint & sweet grass, c. 1940’s
Ash Splint & Hong Kong cord
c.1930s, 8″ h x 5″ diam.
c. 19th century, 13″ diam. x 9.5″ h (not incl. handle)
16″ h x 12″ w x 5″ d
$85.00 (SOLD for $65.00)
c. 1970s, 9″ h x 10″ diameter
$8.00 & $6.00 (SOLD)
Mic Mac Native American Baskets
Ash Splint & Sweet Grass,
c.1950s, approx. 2″ h x 3-4″ diam
c. 1900, 29″ h x 16″ w x 16″ d
$100.00 (Personal collection)
Small Work Basket
6″ l x 6″ h x 4″ d
Sold for: $9.00 (SOLD)
9″ h x 19″ w x 13″ d
Wicker Waste Basket
c.1960, 16″ h x 11″ w x 5″ d
Willow Melon Gathering Basket
12″ h x x 15″ w x 9″ d
$45.00 (SOLD for $59.00)
Hanging Wicker Basket
15 1/2″ h x 11″ w x 5″ d
20″ l x 16 1/2″ w x 4″ h
$32.00 (Personal collection)
Oak Splint Pie Basket
c. 1940s, 7.5″ h x 13″ w x 13″ d
Maple Splint Longaberger Basket
c. 1980s-pres., 9″ diam. x 3.5″ h,
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Resources Used for This Post:
How to Identify Antique Baskets
How to Identify Native American Baskets
What is the Difference Between Rattan and Wicker?
Thanks Diana for this price guide. I've been pricing my baskets in line with what you have in the guide. There is only one basket trunk that I under priced but still quadrupled my purchase price and I'm OK with that.
Lots of great info, Diana! I am always attracted to baskets when out treasure hunting! Thanks for sharing!
I love all these baskets. I have a thing for a great basket or two or three lol! Thanks for the resources.
Thanks for the price guide and further resource reading on them. Your timely post answered a few questions I had about a basket I recently purchased. Best ~ Mickie.
Pinning and sharing!
Thank you for sharing this. As a fellow collector, I sure do appreciate your price guides and when you show the price you paid for a treasure and what you'll sell it for. I have a vintage booth and it helps me to be able to compare…makes it more fun too!
I have LOTS of Longaberger baskets.
I found a picnic basket in my grandma basement. Was wondering if it’s old or worth keeping has a gold eagle on the front of it. It’s not weeved nore wicker. It’s more of a wicker bord but wide and lined up side by side like a wall 740-331-0067 is my # I can send a pic
Could i send you a picture of a neat basket?thanks,kevin
Sure, I’d love to see it, Kevin 🙂
Hello I have a basket that i am told could be very valuable and would like it appraised, can you point me to someone who can do that. the basket is very unique.
I just sent you an email about the basket, Douglas. Will try to help if I can 🙂
I have a basket I’d like to see if you could help me out and give me any info at all on where to have it appraised. Thanks so much! My email is email@example.com
Hello Diana, I have searched high and low to find a basket that I inherited from my grandmother. I can’t even locate one like it. Hopefully, you can put an end to my search. If you email me I can send you photos.
Okay, Sherry–I’ll send you an email and we can talk about it 🙂
I have a beautiful, narrow, tightly woven basket with a woven clasp and attached lid, that had belonged to my grandmother. I am having a hard time identifying what it was used for. It’s 2 ¼ inches deep, 4” tall and 6 ¼ inches long with a decent weight considering how small it is.
Could I email you a picture of it?
Your site is fun, fun, fun! We have dozens of baskets tossed on a double window seat. Cool to look at on a landing. Gotta love baskets, all sizes, all shapes, all colors, all empty…but there for holding whatever and whenever. Thanks for this fun site! No, not a dealer…but a children’s author with love for collecting all things cool…means most all things. Babsy B
So glad you are enjoying my blog, Babsy! Would love to hear more about your children’s books…
I have a vintage wicker basket that is rectangular and measures 31×21. I was wondering what the value might be. It is in good condition.
You might want to join my Facebook group: Your Vintage Headquarters. It is filled with fellow vintage-lovers and you can post photos of your item(s) and get help identifying and/or valuing it 🙂
I very much need some assistance identifying and evaluating a very large basket! Actually I have a few…but one really has me stumped! Around the rim it is tied off with rawhide! It 17″ wide 12″ tall! It has a natural wood handle (stick)
Sounds interesting, Theresa! If you would like more information about an item(s), feel free to join my Facebook group, Your Vintage Headquarters. It is filled with fellow vintage-lovers and you can post photos of your item(s) and get help identifying and/or valuing it.
I am in need of information on a basket I have! I need to know kind it is and approximate value ! Could you please help me?
Hi Theresa! If you would like more information about an item(s), feel free to join my Facebook group, Your Vintage Headquarters. It is filled with fellow vintage-lovers and you can post photos of your item(s) and get help identifying and/or valuing it.
I have a very large basket found in a grandma’s New England attic in the 80s. Just trying to find out the brand. It is wooden with one handle. I actually carry my infant son in it. The one markings on the basket is a “4” stamped on one side of the handle. Any tips on finding info on this basket? Thank you
i have some baskets wondered if you would look at a couple and tell me if they are valuable?
Hi Annette–thanks so much for stopping by. If you join my Facebook group (Your Vintage Headquarters) you’ll be part of a community of fellow vintage-lovers, and you can post photos of items you are interested in learning more about 🙂
Hi Annette–thanks so much for dropping by 🙂 I have a FB group (Your Vintage Headquarters) that you can join and find out background and other info on your vintage finds.
I have owned and enjoyed two exceptional antique ash splint baskets. One is approximately 2 and half feet tall with an opening at the top (about the diameter of a dinner plate). . It has a beautiful lid with a sweet little circular handle. The other is slightly smaller in height and in diameter. I have used them gently for storage for soft textile items. They have been out direct light and and away from traffic.
My health is no longer robust and I find myself wondering how to learn the value of these two exceptional baskets and what advice to give to the daughters who will probably end up as their caretakers.
I would appreciate any advice or knowledge that you might choose to share with me.
Thank you. Denise Atkinson
Hi Denise! Your baskets sound lovely. There are a few ways to determine the value of your collection. You can also look for price guides on your topic at the bookstore, on Amazon, or at your library.
A reputable antique dealer or auction house owner would be another source of information and valuation for your baskets. They are usually quite happy to offer help. For a more definitive evaluation, you may want to consider getting an actual appraisal.
Lastly, feel free to join my Facebook group, Your Vintage Headquarters. It is filled with vintage-lovers and you can post photos of your items and get help learning more information about them. Hope that helps!
Hello Diana, I have searched high and low to find a basket that I purchased at a flea market. Seller told me they believed it was used for picking cotton. I can’t even locate one like it and don’t believe that’s what it was used for. I use it to put throw blankets in it. Hopefully, you can put an end to my search. If you email me I can send you photos.
Hi Marsha–If you would like more information about your basket, feel free to join my Facebook group, Your Vintage Headquarters. It is filled with fellow vintage-lovers and you can post photos of your items and get help identifying and/or valuing them. Good luck!
My mother has an extensive basket collection. Do you do appraisals? Thank you!
Hi Karen, I don’t do appraisals but if you’d like to become a member of my Facebook group (Your Vintage Headquarters), you could post pictures and vintage-lovers int he group will share their thoughts on your mother’s collection 🙂 Hope to see you over there!
Hello. Your blog has been helpful. Both my parents passed away this year and I am cleaning out their house and found some baskets. I do belive one or two of them are valuable. Do you know where I can get them appraised?
Thanks so much-
Hi Pam–I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your parents. I have a blog post that will help you determine the value of your baskets: https://adirondackgirlatheart.com/9-free-ways-to-price-antiques/ Best of luck–
Have a miniature VA egg basket made in Roanoke Va. it is meticulous made and in perfect condition. I have had it over 30 years. I have ever seen one this perfect. I don’t know the pricebut should’ve in a museum.
Sounds beautiful Ellen! Feel free to share a photo of it in my free Facebook group, Your Vintage Headquarters. We’d love to see it!
I just purchased a really cool large basket with carved wooden eagle handles on it. I bought it at a so-called estate sale, but really it was a moving sale as no one was deceased-the owner had just sold her large house (filled with antiques) and was moving in with her daughter for the time being.
So, I looked up my basket online and found the identical basket on Etsy for $748.00 and then the same basket on eBay on a Buy-It-Now for $300.00. Those prices both astounded me, so now I am wondering-is this basket really worth that much..? Although there is a big split between $300 and $748.00. I want to know, also, is this basket really old and rare as stated in those listings?
I can say that it IS really cool, and I was hoping unique, but with two of the same online..is it really rare, or not?
I can send you pics, or you could just look up vintage basket with carved eagle handles and I am sure that you could find the other two baskets on the web.
thank you so much for your time!!!
You’ve done great research Maxine! Most antiques have a market value range rather than a static value. Much depends on where you plan on selling the item. As you discovered, Etsy prices are often higher (for certain items) than those you find on eBay because they are marketing to different audiences.
Unfortunately I’m unable to appraise (help with) reader collectibles as I get hundreds of requests. But you’re on the right track Maxine! You can also check out this article: 9 Free Ways to Price Your Antiques.