Up for Auction is great collection of Department 56 & Longaberger Baskets as well as several holiday décor pieces that will make your home this Christmas a little more festive.
This selection of baskets and villages spanned many years of collecting and is great way to jump start your collection, fill-in with retired pieces to your collection or begin a collection that you can pass on to your children. Below is a little history about both of these collectables….
Department 56 - Holiday Villages…
For Over 30 years, Department 56 which began as part of Bachman's, a premiere retail florist in Minneapolis… has become a leader in the giftware, collectibles and holiday decorating industry and is best known for our hand-crafted lighted villages.
Longaberger baskets are American made… these woven baskets use hardwood maple splints and have handles crafted from oak. Swinging handles are joined to the upper band of the basket using copper rivets. Small tacks are used to attach the splints to the upper rim of the basket, with decorative tacks replacing plain ones in special editions. Leather hinges and stationary handles are usually attached to the basket with three small tacks that are arranged in a triangular pattern.
A wealth of resources is available to identify authentic Longaberger baskets, including the Bentley Collection Guide. Longaberger baskets can be identified using several markings and features. The baskets are built to be durable and, in modern baskets, the colors change with the season.
Logos and Initials
The Longaberger logo is usually burned onto an inconspicuous area of the basket, typically the bottom. Markings include "Longaberger" or "Longaberger Baskets," with "Dresden OH" or "Dresden, OH USA" on older examples. Baskets created before 1982 may be without a logo, and baskets made by J.W. Longaberger may not be signed. Original baskets created after 1978 are usually dated and signed with the weaver's initials. Seconds are identified by a blacked-out logo.
J.W. Longaberger Originals
Finding one of the original J.W. Longaberger baskets is every collector's dream. Although originals will show more signs of age and wear, most collectors will overlook this due to the sentimental and rarity value of the item. These baskets are marked with "Ohio Ware Basket Company - Dresden, Ohio" or "Made in Dresden, Ohio." Markings appear either on the bottom or on the inside of the basket. Some original baskets are colored with a dark stain, but some are natural. The tacking at the handles is in an inverted "V" for extra durability, and some baskets feature trims, tacks, and stapled fastenings at the handles and braided trims. The Longaberger Company can be contacted to authenticate J.W. Longaberger originals.