This fancy decorated basketry bowl from the mid-1800s, apparently from the California coast north of San Francisco, was collected by the Del Valle family and kept at
Rancho Camulos while they lived there (until 1924). In August 1934 the Del Valles donated it and many other items to the Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science and Art — now known
as the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County — where it is Catalog No. A.3580.34-295.
NHMLA describes it as follows:
This basket, coiled from sedge, was adorned with feathers and beads of both Indian and European manufacture. Very few baskets like this survived, and most are found scattered in European collections. This basket remained in California with the del Valle family of Rancho Camulos.
Once covered with red feathers, this elegant basket was made for ceremonial presentation. It dates from the mid-1800s, at the beginning of American settlement on the coast north of San Francisco. The few baskets like this that survive were goodwill gifts to early settlers and visitors.
Measurements: Width 35cm, height 11.5cm, diameter 33.02cm. Materials: Sedge root, clam and abalone beads, cotton string.