SHELTON SISTERS, FORSYTH CO., NORTH CAROLINA ATTRIBUTED RIB-TYPE WOVEN-SPLINT EGG BASKET, white oak, extremely finely woven kidney-form with delicate wrapped double rim and arched handle. Outstanding original dry natural surface. First quarter 20th century. 5 3/4" HOA, 3 1/2" H rim, 6" D. Literature: For identical examples see Jeffrey S. Evans Auctions, 11/13/10, lot 80, from the John & Lil Palmer Collection and 6/23/12, lot 277, descended in the Barksdale family of Petersburg, VA. Provenance: From a Rockbridge Co., VA estate collection. Catalogue Note: Miss Mary Shelton (1837-1921) and her sister Miss Eliza Shelton (1845-1933) were highly esteemed Forsyth Co., NC basketmakers. Both were recorded in the 1910 U.S. Census as "basket maker at home." They were widely known not only for their extremely fine weaving, but also for cutting and splitting their own splint.
Near mint with the only losses being to two splints on outer side of rim and one handle crossing.