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Original The BASKET, Journal of the Basket Fraternity or Lovers of Indian Baskets

Original The BASKET, The Journal of the Basket Fraternity or Lovers of Indian Baskets and Other Good Things

This is a rare original publication of “The Basket.” This is Vol I, dated October, 1903, No. 4., published by “The Basket Fraternity,” Pasadena, California, 1903.

This issue measures just over 9 1/8″ tall by 6 1/8″ wide. Softcover, with slightly heavier gold paper covers. The first page is a double advertisement and the other side is Figure 29, “An Apache Maiden…” The numbered pages begin with #43 and run through #102 with a last full page of ads and both side of the back cover filled with the stated objectives of The Basket Fraternity.

Topics and articles include: Various articles by George Wharton James including “Palomas Apaches and Their Baskets,” “With the Hopi,” “The Snake Dance of the Hopis,” and other articles, “Some Modern Martyrs in the United States,” a survey article, “A Few Indian Baskets” that includes Shoshone, Mission, Pomo, Washoe and Hopi and, more. Wonderful illustrations accompany articles.

Overall condition is excellent for a book of this age. There is light soil and wear to the covers. Stapled spine is intact but staples have some rust so there is some staining to pages 72 & 73 (central stapled page) and several adjacent pages on both sides. Some pages still have original uncut fold. Very small margin tears to some pages. Note that this book has this price written in pencil on the first page.


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Large polychrome Zia olla

Large polychrome Zia olla

decorated with birds and deer

Circa 1950, this is out of an old New Mexican collection. A rare very large size, this olla or jar measures 11 1/2″ tall by 14″ wide at the shoulder.

As designs on Zia pottery, deer are rare and this pot combines the deer with classic Zia birds. Usual for older Pueblo ceramics, this jar is not signed, but I believe it was made by one of the noted Zia artists. Warm colors, no notable issues, just wear appropriate for it’s age.


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Vintage large Acoma vase or jar

Vintage large Acoma vase or jar

Circa 1930s

This is the largest older Acoma vase I’ve had at approximately 15 1/4″ tall by 13″ across the handles. Circa 1940s, (according to illustrations on pages 380 and 381 in The Pottery of Acoma and Laguna by Francis Harlow and Dwight Lanmon. The pot was hand-coiled and fired outside. No indication of the maker. An elegant, well made piece with the ruffled rim and twisted handles and, nicely painted with the stylized Acoma parrot or bird symbol surrounded by flowing geometrics. The pot is in very good antique condition with no notable issues other than light surface wear and soil. No cracks or repairs.


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