Antique and vintage log baskets
Antique and vintage log baskets are collectible items designed to store logs next to a home fire.
Collectible log baskets are most often made from cast iron, brass, copper or wood.
Antique or vintage?
Log baskets produced more than 100 years ago are classed as “antique” according to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition.
“Vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s.
How much are antique and vintage log baskets worth?
Good condition log baskets from the 19th century can sell for close to £5,000. Vintage 20th century pieces of limited appeal can change hands for £50 or less.
Notable sales of antique and vintage log baskets
A woven willow log basket, made by US furniture maker Gustav Stickley (1858 – 1942), sold for $650 at a Treadway Gallery auction in March 2009.
A pair of circa 1825 George IV oak log baskets sold for £9,375 at Christie’s London in May 2008, against a high end estimate of £6,000.
A Dutch neoclassic brass and copper log basket, made in the first quarter of the 19th century, achieved $4,113 at Christie’s New York in September 2001.