Oval Shaker box
Shaker boxes were produced in great numbers by Shaker communities and sold to visitors.Full description »
Shaker boxes were produced in great numbers by Shaker communities and sold to visitors. A member of the Mount Lebanon society recorded the number of oval boxes his community made over 15 years: a staggering 24,250 boxes. In 1836 alone, they made 3,560.
The boxes are made by soaking the sides – usually made from maple – in hot water. This enables them to be bent around moulds. Iron or copper tacks tapped into the ‘fingers’ hold the sides in place. The tops and bottoms – called headers by the Shakers – are joined to the sides with either wooden pegs or iron points. The boxes are finished with a variety of paints and varnishes.
'Shaker-style boxes are available from various outlets, and although they are well made, if you are offered the opportunity of making your own – take it, it’s a true delight.' Alan Parrott, Volunteer Guide, AMIB
From 1800 to 1830