A very fine early rare Salish Thompson River baby carrier basket dating from 1880’s. The basket is finely woven from split cedar bark and root with the striking imbricated design from natural and dyed black bear grass and red cherry root. The design bands of checker work patterns in red, cream and black and horizontally orientated herringbone ticking patterns . The basket has that beautiful aged melted butter type of patina that one loves to see in early basketry. Doe skin ties handle and cloth baby cover remains in place. Overall condition is very good with expected edge and imbrication wear as expected with great age and use. This type of basket would have been made for indigenous use and not for sale.