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American Arts & Crafts Quarter-Sawn Oak Wastepaper Basket with Rawhide Lashings (LEO Design)

One would think that a wastepaper basket would be a very modest possession.  And, indeed, it usually is. This handsome receptacle is the exception to that expectation.  Crafted around 1910, it is simply-constructed of strips of quarter-sawn oak.  Rawhide lashings near the top are the only visible (functional) embellishment.  

Over the years, I've sold a number of nice Arts & Crafts wastebaskets.  It seems that customers view such a canister as the important finishing touch to a nice Arts & Crafts or Turn-of-the-Century desk.    Though over 100 years old, this wastebasket remains in fairly solid condition—though I would always handle such a nice, old beauty with tender care.  With TLC, this wastepaper basket may provide another 100 years of handsome service.  Click on the photo above to learn more about it.


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (

We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques ( or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248