Antique Wicker Bassinets
Antique Wicker Bassinets are small beds made of wicker which are typically used for infants in the first few months of life.
History & Description
The word “bassinet” comes from the French “barcelonnette” which essentially translates to cradle. The general principle of a bassinet, also known as a bassinette or cradle, dates back to ancient times but is still common today.
While there are many variations of wicker bassinets, they can generally be classified as either light and portable types, sometimes known as Moses baskets, or those sturdier but less portable bassinets.
Wicker bassinets are typically more decorative and elegant than cradles and were extremely popular during in the middle- to late-nineteenth century.
Guide for collectors
Antique wicker bassinets are occasionally sold at national auction houses. However, due to wicker’s fragile structure, the majority of antique wicker bassinets are either damaged or in poor condition. If possible, collectors should always try to inspect an antique wicker bassinet prior to purchasing in order to confirm the item’s condition.
Antique wicker bassinets are also occasionally sold on internet bidding sites, such as eBay.
Notable auction sales
On May 15th 2004 at SUSANIN’s Auctions in Chicago, Illinois, a painted antique wicker bassinet realised a price of $100.
On December 4th 2004 at San Rafael Auction Gallery in San Rafael, California, a Victorian wicker bassinet with collapsible hood, circa mid-nineteenth century, realised a price of $100.
On October 5th 2007 at Flomaton Antique Auction in Flomaton, Alabama, a wicker bassinet on wheels, circa early-twentieth century, realised a price of $100.
On December 2nd 2005 at Flomaton Antique Auction in Flomaton, Alabama, a lot of four baby items, including two antique wicker bassinets, realised a price of $60.
On April 2nd 2012, an antique wicker bassinet, circa early-twentieth century, was sold on eBay for $59.99.