The Country look focuses on baskets made of splint, rye straw or willow. Emphasis is placed on handmade examples. Nails or staples, wide splints which are thin and evenly cut, or wire bail handles denote factory construction which can date to the mid-19th century. Painted or woven decorated baskets rarely are handmade, unless American Indian.
Baskets are collected by (a) type—berry, egg, or field, (b) region— Nantucket or Shaker, and (c) composition—splint, rye, or willow.
References: Don and Carol Raycraft, “Collector’s Guide to Country Baskets,” Collector Books, 1985, 1994 value update; Nancy N. Schiffer, “Baskets, Revised,” Schiffer Publishing, 1996; Martha Wetherbee and Nathan Taylor, “Legend of the Bushwhacker Basket,” published by author, 1986; Christoph Will, “International Basketry For Weavers and Collectors,” Schiffer Publishing, 1985.
— Harry L. Rinker
“Official Price Guide to Collectibles”