Tlingit Bottle & Hupa Basket, ca. 1900
Appraised Value: $2,400 - $2,850 (2013)
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Appraisal Video: (1:26)
GUEST: My mother decided that she should have a collection of Indian baskets, and she started maybe when she was 30. She grew up in Walla Walla in kind of a cowboy family and was really enamored, so she collected them over time, and I inherited them.
APPRAISER: Well, your mother had very good taste. These are both wonderful baskets. This one is a Native American Tlingit from southeastern Alaska. And, as you can see, the basket is woven over a bottle. The one problem is that the lid is missing, which does devalue the basket a little bit. But in this condition, it's beautiful, it's very fine. I would value this basket at about $850. Now, this basket is a Hupa from Northwest California. Very bold, very wonderful, circa 1900, and it was made probably to be sold to tourists, but still early. And I would value this basket at about $1,500 to $2,000.
APPRAISER: But both very, very nice.
GUEST: Well, I'll look around and maybe I can find the top to it somewhere.
APPRAISER: Oh, that would even be better, that would be better because then, with the lid, you're talking about $2,000.
GUEST: Wow, great.
APPRAISER: It does add quite a bit.
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