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MEASURE, Maple and pine, original chrome yellow painted finish, secured with 12 copper tacks, Canterbury, NH, c. 1840, 3.5" h, 6" diameter.

Note: “Sister Lillian says these were used as measures for rice, flour or whatnot.”

Provenance: Purchased from Sister Lillian, East Canterbury Shakers, in 1948 for $1.50. (Dr. McCue’s Journal Entry #39).



Sold at Willis Henry Auctions September 16, 2017.

Estimate: $1,500-3,000

Price Realized: $9,000


OVAL BOX, Maple and pine, original bright red painted finish, four fingers, copper tacks and paints, signed on bottom in pencil “Shaker relics, odds & ends, Tillie”, 4.25" h, 10.125" l.

Provenance: Purchased from A. Hamilton in 1950 for $4, (Dr. McCue’s Journal Entry #96).

Sold at Willis Henry Auctions September 16, 2017.

Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Price Realized: $10,000


SISTER'S CUPBOARD OVER DRAWERS, Pine, original stained yellow finish, double vertical panel door with brass hinges, and round brass escutcheon plate, over four dovetailed drawers, on square canted feet, Mt. Lebanon, NY, c. 1850, possibly by Amos Stewart, (see The Encyclopedia of Shaker Furniture, Rieman and Burks, p. 118, Fig. 120, for similar example), 64" h, 31" w, 21" d.

Note: One of the best small chests in exceptional finish.

Sold at Willis Henry Auctions September 16, 2017.

Estimate: $30,000-50,000

Price Realized: $150,000


MIRROR AND MIRROR HOLDER, Tiger maple framed mirror, original varnish finish, slight raised molded edge, original pine back board secured with four inset screws, 16.5" h, 12.5" w; Cherry wood holder, rounded top with hole for peg, rectangular base with molded lip, overall original light red/brown varnish stain, two large inset screws holding the base board to the lip board, 20.375" h, 13.5" w.

Sold at Willis Henry Auctions September 16, 2017.

Estimate: $2,000-4,000

Price Realized: $5,800


ONE-DRAWER BLANKET CHEST, Pine, original red painted finish, single board lid with breadboard ends, interior with pine till box on left side, single lipped drawer with two finely turned Shaker pulls, squared canted feet, 29,25" h, 40" w, 17.75" d.

Provenance: Purchased from Andrews in 1946 for $55, who says “From ministry’s shop, Hancock community, c. 1820.Typical bracket feet. Pieces made for the ministry were without exception of the finest workmanship.”

(Dr. McCue’s Journal Entry #7).

Sold at Willis Henry Auctions September 16, 2017.

Estimate: $20,000-40,000

Price Realized: $50,000


RARE OVAL CARRIER, Maple and pine, original light mauve painted finish, finely carved fixed hoop handle, three fingers, copper tack and points, signed in blue ink on bottom “North Family”, New Lebanon, NY, c. 1840, 3.5" h (to top of rim), 8.5" h (to top of handle), 12.875" l, 9.625" w.

Provenance: Purchased from James Brown, Lee, MA in 1951 for $10,

(Dr. McCue’s Journal Entry #146).

Sold at Willis Henry Auctions September 16, 2017.

Estimate: $3,000-6,000

Price Realized: $7,000


SISTER'S SEWING TABLE/CASE OF DRAWERS, Butternut, original stained and varnish finish, single board top, breadboard ends, three graduated drawers, dovetailed, molded lips, turned pulls, inset panel ends, iron pegs at top of ends to hold sewing utensils, square to turned legs, Hancock, MA, c. 1850, (on a trip to Hancock, Eldress Emma King likely brought it back to Canterbury with her), 25.5" h, 27" w, 37" w (top), 18" d.

Note: Back is inset panel and finished to denote a free-standing unit.

Provenance: Purchased from Eldress Emma King, Canterbury, NH in 1949 for $50, (Dr. McCue’s Journal Entry #61).

Sold at Willis Henry Auctions September 16, 2017.

Estimate: $30,000-50,000

Price Realized: $62,500


SEWING TABLE/CASE OF DRAWERS, Cherry, butternut and pine, original red stained finish, single board top (33" w, 23" d) over three drawers, top two drawers are split (five drawers altogether), and they are molded, lipped and dovetailed, with cherry wood pulls, bottom drawer with brass diamond shaped escutcheon and iron lock, square to turned legs with medial swell, unique locking device locks all drawers at once with one key, with original key to lock bottom drawer, Hancock, MA, c. 1840, (see The Encyclopedia of Shaker Furniture, Rieman and Burks, p. 301, Fig. 433-433a), 28" h, 24" w, 16" d (case).

Sold at Willis Henry Auctions September 16, 2017.

Estimate: $30,000-50,000

Price Realized: $195,500


HANGING CUPBOARD, Pine, original chrome yellow stained finish, original varnish on front, white washed left side, chrome yellow right side, half round molded top board, three-shelf interior (bottom shelf is half size to accommodate larger bottles), single inset panel door, through mortised and double pegged on diagonal, cast steel spring door catch, original lock set, c. 1840, 31.5" h, 24.75" w, 10.25" d, (ex. Upton collection; ex.  Faul collection). 

Sold at Willis Henry Auctions September 16, 2017.

Estimate: $2,000-4,000

Price Realized: $5,750


RARE ELDER'S ROCKING CHAIR, Maple and birch, traces of original red stain, tall bold finials, rare five slat form with top slat pegged into stiles, curvilinear flat arms mortised and pegged, natural rush seat, finely formed figural birch rockers, pegged into front and back stiles, exceptional overall condition, (note: a very fine example of Mt. Lebanon, NY craftsmanship, possibly made for Elder Frederick Evans, one of the most prominent Shakers of the 19th c. and a very tall gentleman, c. 1850-1870), 16.5" seat h, 47" overall h.

Sold at Willis Henry Auctions September 16, 2017.

Estimate: $3,000-4,000

Price Realized: $5,500


RARE TRESTLE DINING TABLE, Pine top, two-board construction, maple and cherry trestles and cleats, old patinated finish, horizonal stretcher connecting the trestles is pine, (originally sold in 1993 at Christie’s, New York), Watervliet, NY, c. 1820-1840, (note: a very rare size and in excellent condition), 28.5" h, 7? 6.5" l, 33" w.

Sold at Willis Henry Auctions September 16, 2017.

Estimate: $30,000-40,000

Price Realized: $24,000


SISTER'S SEWING STAND, Cherry wood top and legs, butternut drawers, tiger maple shaft, outstanding original stained varnish finish, two drawers symmetrically nailed with beveled front edges, original turned brass pulls, exceptional turned tiger maple shaft, Enfield, CT, c. 1830-1840, exhibited at “The Shaker Gallery”, 2015-2016, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT, (see p. 194 Complete Book of Shaker Furniture, Rieman and Burks), 24" h, 16.5" sq top, (ex. Ed Clerk collection).

Sold at Willis Henry Auctions September 16, 2017.

Estimate: $10,000-15,000

Price Realized: $16,000


EXTREMELY RARE GAUDY DUTCH CHINA GRAPE PATTERN WATER PITCHER, Impressed "Wood". Green and yellow leaves.

Provenance: Esther Ludwig Sale. 9-3/4"h. Condition: Very good with minor loss to decoration.

Condition: Very good with minor loss to decoration.

Sold at Conestoga Auctions September 16, 2017.

Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Price Realized: $6,490


VERY RARE GAUDY DUTCH LEAF PATTERN SOFT PASTE CHINA CUP AND SAUCER, Impressed "Wood & Sons". Saucer measures 5.75" diameter.

Condition: Good, saucer has a 1" hairline, cup has a tiny chip on underside of base rim.

Sold at Conestoga Auctions September 16, 2017.

Estimate: $1,000-2,000

Price Realized: $3,894


EXCEEDINGLY RARE GAUDY DUTCH CHINA NO NAME PATTERN PLATE. The Holy Grail for Gaudy Dutch collectors.

Provenance: Alderfer Auction, Sept. 15, 2000. 8.75" diameter.

Condition: Very good.

Sold at Conestoga Auctions September 16, 2017.

Estimate: $5,000-10,000

Price Realized: $11,210


RARE GAUDY DUTCH SOFT PASTE CHINA DAHLIA PATTERN PLATE, Green and yellow leaves. 8.5 diameter.

Condition: Very good.

Sold at Conestoga Auctions September 16, 2017.

Estimate: $1,000-2,000

Price Realized: $2,360


GAUDY DUTCH DOUBLE ROSE PATTERN SOFT PASTE CHINA MILK PITCHER. Scarce Form. Green and yellow leaves, 5.375"h.

Provenance: Ex- Tom Thorn, 1990 Brunner Auction.

Condition: Very good with pin nip on spout.

Sold at Conestoga Auctions September 16, 2017.

Estimate: $500-1,000
Price Realized: $3,658

VERY RARE GAUDY DUTCH CHINA DOUBLE ROSE PATTERN PLATTER, 8.5" x 10.625"

Provenance: Esther Ludwig Sale. 8-1/2" x 10-5/8". 

Condition: Very good with minor wear and stains.

Sold at Conestoga Auctions September 16, 2017.

Estimate: $2,000-3,000

Price Realized: $3,304


SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA YELLOW AND BLUE PAINTED SOFTWOOD UTENSIL CARRIER, Mid 19th century. Half-round handle and heart cut-outs, tapered sides and step molded base, 8"h. x 15"l. 7.75"d.

Provenance: Stephan Douglas.

Condition: Good with wear, craquelar surface.

Sold at Conestoga Auctions September 16, 2017.

Estimate: $800-1,200

Price Realized: $2,950


SCHWENKFELDER, MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA CROSS STITCH SAMPLER, "Maria Kriebel, 1834". Centered type with potted flowers, birds, leaping stag and 8 pointed star motifs. Pictured in "Samplers of the Pennsylvania Germans" by Tandy and Charles Hersh, page 262. 13" x 14", unframed.

Condition: Good with even wear.

Sold at Conestoga Auctions September 16, 2017.

Estimate: $100-300

Price Realized: $944


EXTREMELY RARE AND IMPORTANT PAINT DECORATED PINE SLANT-LID DESK, Decoration attributed to Johannes Spitler, Shenandoah County, Virginia, Circa. 1800. Painted central heart flanked by stellate motifs on half-round reserves. Painted all over in shades of red, green blue (now oxidized to black) and chrome orange. Paneled top with molded trim, slant-lid supported by tapered wrought iron strap hinges, interior compartment, above a paneled case with molded trim, two lower paneled doors, shelved interior and ogee cut-out bracket feet. Original dry scraped surface, 36.75"h. x 34"w. x 21.75"d.

Provenance: Sold at Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York "Fine Americana Auction", February 1,2,3,& 4, 1978. lot 1259.

Condition: Good with wear.

Sold at Conestoga Auctions September 16, 2017.

Estimate: $10,000-20,000

Price Realized: $7,080


MAHANTONGO VALLEY, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA PAINT DECORATED SOFTWOOD CHEST OF DRAWERS, Circa. 1820-1840. Green and salmon ground with polychrome birds, tulips, pinwheel and stamped floret decoration. Four full width dovetailed graduated drawers with yellow painted borders, paneled sides and turned feet. 51"h. x 41"w. x 21"d.

Condition: Good with Wear and losses. Minor restorations, paint refreshed.

Sold at Conestoga Auctions September 16, 2017.

Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Price Realized: $5,310


FINE LANCASTER OR LEBANON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA CHIPPENDALE WALNUT HANGING CUPBOARD, Circa. 1770. Double ogee molded cornice, lip molded raised panel door supported by wrought iron rat-tail hinges, interior shelf, convex column and beaded stiles, full width lip molded dovetailed drawer, beaded molded lower shelf with shaped cut-out supports, 36"h. x 27.5"w. x 14.5"d.

Provenance: Harry Hartman Antiques.

Condition: Good with minor wear.

Sold at Conestoga Auctions September 16, 2017.

Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Price Realized: $6,726


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