Longaberger baskets have been a collectible item for nearly 90 years. These handcrafted baskets, such as the Medium Market Basket, have been sold primarily through independent home consultants. In recent years, there has been a secondary market growing online in rare retired Longaberger baskets . Fakes and replicas have also appeared. What should you look for in a collectible Longaberger basket and how can you avoid being duped by fakes?
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First of all, you’ll find a Longaberger stamp on the bottom of every authentic Longaberger basket. In addition to the stamp, you’ll also see the date the basket was made along with the signature of the weaver who made it. This personal touch is one of the things that not only displays the pride in craftsmanship but that helps authenticate the basket as genuine. Baskets made prior to 1978 may not be signed, however, the logo should still be there.
Some very rare Longaberger Baskets were made by company founder J.W. Longaberger. These may be unsigned and have other identifying characteristics. Should you suspect that you’ve found one you should contact the company to verify the authenticity of the basket.
The Longaberger logo has changed over the years although the title text will always say “Longaberger” or “Longaberger Baskets” along with “Dresden OH” or “Dresden, OH USA”, the city where Longaberger Baskets are made.
Occasionally Longaberger releases factory seconds. You can identify these baskets by their blacked out logo. Beware of dishonest sellers trying to sell these as regular production items.
One last indicator of authenticity is that real Longaberger baskets are made from hardwood maple splints. Handles are also made of hardwood like oak. Cheap replicas or fakes are made from other, cheaper, woods and this isn’t to hard to spot, particularly if you get a chance to see them side by side.
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