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Session One: McCue Shaker Auction II

by Willis Henry Auctions Inc.

Platinum House

56 lots with images

September 7, 2013

Live Auction

Hancock Shaker Village

1843 W. Housatonic St.

Pittsfield, MA, 01201 USA

56 Lots
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Spit box, maple, red interior,

Lot 1: Spit box, maple, red interior, "R.C.", 7 1/2" dia

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Description: SPIT BOX Maple, pine bottom, original varnish, red painted interior and bottom, freehand initialed in black "R.C." on side and bottom, three fingers, copper tacks, 3 1/4" h, 7 1/2" dia. Note: Small size indicates possibly used by a Sister. Provenance: Purchased at Brothers Auction (1029) in 1948 for $1.00 (Dr. McCue's Journal Entry #37)

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Two Shaker pipes, 8

Lot 2: Two Shaker pipes, 8" & 7" l

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Description: TWO SHAKER PIPES Clay and wood, red/brown molded clay bowl with fluted edges, 8" l; and a white clay bowl with a bamboo stem, 7" l; "The bowls were made of both red and white clay...in 1814 pipe 'boals' were sold in quantity for a penny a piece...Pipes were being sold by the Church as late as 1853...at Watervliet and Mt. Lebanon." The Community Industries of the Shakers, E.D. Andrews, p. 167. Note: Envelope accompanies the pipes with Dr. McCue's pencilled inscription on back, "Shaker pipe from Mt. Lebanon. Inherited by Darrow School, sold by them to Sister R. Mildred Barker, Trustee at Sabbathday Lake, and by her to J. McCue.".

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Blanket chest, bittersweet orange/red, 41

Lot 3: Blanket chest, bittersweet orange/red, 41" h

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Description: BLANKET CHEST Pine, original bittersweet orange/red finish, single board lid, with hand-forged strap hinges, original lock with oval brass escutcheon plate, two drawers below, both with two small turned wood pulls, carved and molded lip, dovetailed, sectioned drawers, interior locking device for locking the drawers, molded, dovetailed and arched base, Second Family, Hancock, MA, c. 1800-1820, 41" h, 40" w, 17 3/4" d.

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Slant lid lap desk box

Lot 4: Slant lid lap desk box

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Description: DESK BOX Butternut and pine, original brown and red stained finish, slanted breadboarded lid, opening to a two-section interior, stained chrome yellow, brass hinges, dovetailed case, hinged top back section with two interior boxes (one on either side) for ink bottles (in original black painted finish), and a long middle section with light green papered bottom, and hand-fashioned brass arm holders for quill pens, (two pens are with the desk), 2 1/2" to 1 1/2" h, 23" w, 17" d. Note: This desk box is similar in concept to a desk made by Orren Haskins in 1831, with hinged back section for ink and pens; (see Shaker Furniture Makers, Grant and Allen, 1989, p. 93). Provenance: Purchased from Jeannette Brothers in 1949 for $10 (Dr. McCue's Journal Entry #90)

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Three rules: (2) 12

Lot 5: Three rules: (2) 12", (1) 10"

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Description: THREE RULES Maple, original varnish finish, two are 12" l and one is 10" l, all numerals are hand stamped, the 12" rules are priced on the back "15 cts" on paper labels, and the 10" rule is priced "10 cts". Provenance: Purchased from the Antique Shop at Canterbury in 1951 (Dr. McCue's Journal Entry #165a-c)

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One-drawer rectangular table, red

Lot 6: One-drawer rectangular table, red

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Description: WORK TABLE Birch and figured birch, original red painted finish, one-board top (30 1/2" l x 22 1/2" w), single drawer, lipped with molding, finely dovetailed, turned walnut pull, finely turned and tapered leg, 28" h. Provenance: Purchased at R. Withington auction of famous Shaker collection of Gilbert M. Brewer of Burlington, Vermont (see Addendum)

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Sister's kerchief,

Lot 7: Sister's kerchief, "E L"

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Description: SISTER'S KERCHIEF Very finely woven red and white linen, initialed in blue cross-stitch "E L" (Sister Eva Libby), in a tissue paper cover with pencil inscription "Wrapped by Sr. Mildred (Barker) for Gerry McCue, 1974.". Note: Lot includes a booklet "The Sabbathday Lake Shakers: An Introduction to The Shaker Heritage, by Sister R. Mildred Barker, 1978". Provenance: Purchased at Sabbathday Lake in1952 for $5.00 (Dr. McCue's Journal Entry #212)

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Shaker reference books (15)

Lot 8: Shaker reference books (15)

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Description: COLLECTION OF SHAKER REFERENCE BOOKS Two books, Sprigg, June, Shaker Design, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1986, (one book still in cellophane wrap); Darrow School, The Peg Board, First Shaker Number 1936, New Lebanon, NY, Vol. 4, No. 3; Hudson, Norman, Antiques At Auction, A.S. Barnes and Company, New York, 1972, inscribed "To Gerald McCue with thanks for enlivening the bidding on the Shaker items, Dick Withington", "First Edition Nov. 1972"; Kassay, John, The Book of Shaker Furniture, University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, 1980, (includes a letter from John Kassay); Schiffer, Herbert, Shaker Architecture, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., Pennsylvania, 1979; Larkin, David, A Shaker Sister's Drawings, The Monacelli Press, New York, 1997, signed in triplicate "David Larkin, June Sprigg Tooley, Scott Swank", illustrated by Cora Helena Sarle; Mingei International Museum of World Folk Art, Kindred Spirits, 1995; Lassiter, William L., Shaker Architecture, Bonanza Books, New York, 1966; Horsham, Michael, Shaker Style, JG Press, N. Dighton, MA, 1996; Morin, France, Heavenly Visions: Shaker Gift Drawings and Gift Songs, University of Minnesota Press, 2001, (wrapped in cellophane); Pearson, Elmer R. and Neal, Julia, The Shaker Image, 2nd Ed., signed and limited, No. 66 of 100, published by Hancock Shaker Village, 1994, in a blue slipcase; Richmond, Mary L., Shaker Literature: A Bibliography, Vol. I. By The Shakers, published by Shaker Community, Inc., University Press of New England, Hanover, NH, 1977, (includes an invoice); Richmond, Mary L., Shaker Literature: A Bibliography, Vol. II. About The Shakers, published by Shaker Community, Inc., University Press of New England, Hanover, NH, 1977; Rocheleau, Paul and Sprigg, June, Shaker Built, The Monacelli Press, New York, 1994, a David Larkin Book.

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Cupboard, original yellow stain w/varnish, 7' 3 1/2

Lot 9: Cupboard, original yellow stain w/varnish, 7' 3 1/2" h

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Description: CUPBOARD Pine, original yellow stain with varnish, applied crown molding over two small inset horizontal panels, vertical inset paneled doors with one-quarter rounded moldings, sliding brass door closures, three-shelf interior with stained yellow doors and red interior, over two lipped and thumbnail molded drawers stained red inside, signed on the bottom of the right hand drawer in pencil script "...John...Hiram?...", over two inset vertical paneled doors below with four-shelf interior, yellow stained doors with original sliding brass door closures, on an applied dovetailed bracket base, Hancock, MA, c. 1840, 7' 3 1/2" h, 40 1/4" w, 13 1/4" d. Note: Purchased from Hancock Shakers a month after death of Sister Frances Hall in 1957; was in Kitchen of Hancock Trustee's Office (see Addendum).

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Four Shaker hangers

Lot 10: Four Shaker hangers

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Description: FOUR HANGERS Cherry, original varnish finish, all with slight curves and rounded ends, one with a printed paper label "Betsey Crosman.", 17" l, 15" l, 13 1/2" l (2). Provenance: Purchased from Canterbury Shakers in 1949 for $0.15 each (Dr. McCue's Journal Entry #73)

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Side chair, 3 slats, leather over splint seat

Lot 11: Side chair, 3 slats, leather over splint seat

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Description: SIDE CHAIR Maple, birch slats, original dark red/brown stained finish, three graduated slats, dark brown leather over a Shaker woven splint seat, tagged in ink under seat "For mention of leather seats on Shaker Chairs, see Hervey Elkins Fifteen Years in the Senior Order of Shakers, 1853, quoted on page 24 of Andrews Shaker Furniture." in Dr. McCue's handwriting, 15 1/2" seat h, 39" overall h.

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Six-drawer tall chest w/red finish, 55

Lot 12: Six-drawer tall chest w/red finish, 55" h

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Description: TALL CHEST Pine, original red painted finish, simple beveled molding around the top board, small 3/4" raised splash board in the back, six flush dovetailed drawers, original turned pulls threaded through drawer fronts, squared and canted front feet, New Lebanon, NY, c. 1830-1840, 55" h, 42" w, 19" d. Provenance: Purchased from A. Hamilton in 1949 for $85 (Dr. McCue's Journal Entry #84)

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Wood box w/drawer (Hancock)

Lot 13: Wood box w/drawer (Hancock)

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Description: WOOD BOX WITH DRAWER Pine, in original ochre yellow finish, dovetailed, with tool holder on right, and drawer below in front, dovetailed, original turned and threaded pulls, original lid with chamfered supports on inside, (small repair to back), small section for kindling, Hancock, MA, 25 1/4" h, 24" w, 17 1/4" d; includes a pair of cast iron Shaker stove tools, shovel and tongs, 20" and 15 1/2" l. Note: On the drawer bottom is a Shaker penciled sketch of window casements for the Brick Dwelling House at Hancock Provenance: Purchased from A. Hamilton in Sheffield, Mass., in 1949 for $22 (Dr. McCue's Journal Entry #82)

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Shaker tongs and shovel (exhibited MFA Boston)

Lot 14: Shaker tongs and shovel (exhibited MFA Boston)

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Description: SHAKER TOOLS Matching Shaker wrought steel tongs and long handled shovel, small ball tops, elegantly designed opening for tongs, with rounded shaft tapered downward to the flattened petal shaped log holders, 21" l; Shovel with an even smaller ball top, and a round tapered shaft thickening into a grip and again tapering further down to a 2 1/2" squared section that becomes the pan of the flared shovel, 25" l. Note: One of the most elegant pair of Shaker stove tools made by a master Shaker craftsman. Provenance: Shovel purchased from the Antique Shop at Canterbury in 1951 for $3.00 (Dr. McCue's Journal Entry #153) Illustrated: Religion in Wood, Andrews, Edward Deming and Faith, 1971, p. 73 Exhibited: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 1964

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Penny foot stove w/stove board

Lot 15: Penny foot stove w/stove board

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Description: WOOD STOVE Cast iron, rectangular fire box, 23 1/4" to 24 1/4" width tapers to 9 1/2" to 11" at base, hinged door, cast iron latch with turned wood handle, four penny foot legged base with semicircular lipped front, on a rectangular sheet metal and wood base board, 26" x 13 1/2", on a tag written in ink "Mr. Gerald McCue", and in pencil "for Shaker Furniture.". Provenance: Purchased from Hancock Shakers in 1948 for $35 (Dr. McCue's Journal Entry #30) Illustrated: Religion in Wood, Andrews, Edward Deming and Faith, 1971, p. 73 Exhibited: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 1964

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Blanket chest, orig chrome yellow, 28 1/2

Lot 16: Blanket chest, orig chrome yellow, 28 1/2" h

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Description: BLANKET CHEST Pine, original chrome yellow painted finish, breadboard lid, original strap hinges attached with screws, brass escutcheon surround, one drawer with original fruitwood pulls, square tapered base, 28 1/2" h, 42 1/2" w, 18 3/4" d. Note: "In 1948, Eldress Emma (King) took me to the Attic of the Ministry Shop where I purchased the chrome yellow blanket chest for $100", as told to Willis Henry by Dr. McCue in a series of interviews in 2003. Provenance: Purchased from Canterbury Shakers in 1949 for $100 (Dr. McCue's Journal Entry #75) Illustrated: Religion in Wood, Andrews, Edward Deming and Faith, 1971, p. 72 Exhibited: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 1964

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Two rare hangers, 17

Lot 17: Two rare hangers, 17" & 14" l

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Description: TWO RARE HANGERS Hardwood with original black and red grain painted finish, carved with slightly curved middle section, one with what appears to be original leather loop for hanging, 17" l, and the other with twine loop, 14" l, Watervliet, NY. Illustrated: The Complete Book of Shaker Furniture, Rieman, T. and Burks, J., 1993, p. 157

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Mt Lebanon 3-slat armchair, #5

Lot 18: Mt Lebanon 3-slat armchair, #5

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Description: MOUNT LEBANON THREE-SLAT ARMCHAIR Maple, original dark brown stained finish, oversized mushroom caps, elongated acorn finials, original Mt. Lebanon decal on back of bottom slat, "5" stamped on back of upper slat, pine plank seat covered with horsehair and a plush wool seat cover in red and blue, 17 1/2" seat h, 37" overall h.

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Red cupboard over 6 drawers

Lot 19: Red cupboard over 6 drawers

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Description: CUPBOARD OVER DRAWERS Pine, original cherry red painted finish, turned cherry wood drawer pulls, inset panel doors, with quarter round molded surrounds, six graduated dovetailed drawers with molded lips, exceptionally shallow top drawer, Watervliet, NY, c. 1825-1840, 6' 3 1/2" h, 4' w, 19 1/2" d. Note: Purchased by Dr. McCue from A.H. Benning, January 1976; (Benning cataloged the exhibit at the Renwick Gallery of the National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, November 2, 1973 - April 7, 1974) Illustrated: The Book of Shaker Furniture, Kassay, John, 1980, p. 44 Shaker Design, Sprigg, June, 1986, p. 28 The Complete Book of Shaker Furniture, Rieman, T. and Burks, J., 1993, p. 154 Exhibited: The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, May 29 - August 31, 1986 The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., October 4, 1986 - January 4, 1987

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Shaker reference books (12)

Lot 20: Shaker reference books (12)

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Description: COLLECTION OF SHAKER REFERENCE BOOKS The Shakers: Two Centuries of Spiritual Reflection, edited by Robley Edward Whitson, Paulist Press, New York, 1983; Horgan, Edward R., The Shaker Holy Land: A Community Portrait, The Harvard Common Press, Harvard, MA, 1982, (includes a clipping from The Boston Globe, Sept. 12, 1932 about the book); Neal, Julia, By Their Fruits: The Story of Shakerism in South Union, Kentucky, University of North Carolina Press, 1947; Piercy, Caroline B., The Valley of God's Pleasure, Stratford House, New York, 1951, 1st Ed., (includes a newspaper clipping about the book); Neal, Julia, The Kentucky Shakers, University Press of Kentucky, 1982; Nordhoff, Charles, The Communistic Societies of the United States, Hillary House Publishers, Ltd., New York, 1960; Kitch, Sally L., Chaste Liberation: Celibacy and Female Cultural Status, University of Illinois Press, Chicago, 1989; Desroche, Henri, The American Shakers, University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, 1971; Hayden, Dolores, Seven American Utopias, The MIT Press, Cambridge, 1976, (includes sales receipt); Lossing, Benson J., An Early View of the Shakers, published for Hancock Shaker Village by University Press of New England, 1989; Melcher, Marguerite Fellows, The Shaker Adventure, Princeton University Press, 1941, (includes newspaper clipping of the author's obituary); Webber, Everett, Escape to Utopia, Hastings House Publishers, New York, 1959, (includes a newspaper clipping from The Wall Street Journal, May 15, 1997 regarding Windsor chairs).

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Two oval boxes, orig natural finish, 7

Lot 21: Two oval boxes, orig natural finish, 7" & 11 1/2" l

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Description: TWO OVAL BOXES Maple and pine, original natural finish, three fingers, copper tacks and points, part of an envelope inside with Dr. McCue's handwritten pencil notation "Bought in Chatham, N.Y. auction of Nora Mallory Estate, May 1967, $20", 3" h, 7" l; Larger box with four fingers, copper tacks and steel points, tag attached to lid "Old - $3.00", marked on reverse in chalk "Cole.P.", 4 3/8" h, 11 1/2" l.

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Small slant lid desk, turned legs

Lot 22: Small slant lid desk, turned legs

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Description: WRITING DESK Pine, original ochre oxidized to brown stained finish, slanted lid, brass hinged and breadboarded ends, chrome yellow interior, single drawer below with dovetailed construction and original brass pull, desk has hidden lock device (tin construction) in drawer, original lock missing, delicate square to round leg, 29 1/2" h, 27 1/8" w, 22 1/8" d. Provenance: Purchased from Arthur Hamilton in 1949 for $30 (Dr. McCue's Journal Entry #89) Exhibited: "Furniture of the Shaker Sect", Smithsonian Institution, U.S. National Museum, Washington, D.C., 1965

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Hanging mirror w/holder

Lot 23: Hanging mirror w/holder

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Description: MIRROR AND HANGER Long tapered vertical cherry board, 33" l, with rounded edges, peg hole at top end, and edged birch horizontal mirror holder, attached with two screws on back, 16" l, original natural finish; Rosewood framed mirror on pine with pine back board, ink on back of frame "Ri, 92" and "13" cut out of dark paper (half of the 3 is missing), 16" x 12". Provenance: Purchased from Sister Frances Hall at Hancock in 1955 for $13 (Dr. McCue's Journal Entry #256)

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Woven rug, multicolored, 7' 4

Lot 24: Woven rug, multicolored, 7' 4" x 3' 6"

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Description: RUG Cotton, woven from multicolor rag, striped with cobalt, coral, light blues, brown and grays, fringed, Canterbury Shakers, 7' 4" x 3' 6". Provenance: Gift from Sister Bertha Lindsay, 1950 (Dr. McCue's Journal Entry #110)

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Wash stand, orig yellow ochre, 38 1/4

Lot 25: Wash stand, orig yellow ochre, 38 1/4" h

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Description: WASH STAND Pine, original yellow ochre stained finish, poplar drawer bottoms, original turned cherry wood drawer pulls, finely dovetailed backsplash, with slight arched back board, (a crack in the back board occurred when it was returned from the museum exhibit), flush dovetailed and graduated drawers, 4" h (top), 6" h (middle), 8" h (bottom), New Lebanon, NY, attributed to James V. Calver (1839-1871), at least three related stands exist, one of which is marked "Made by James V. Calver April 1862", 38 1/4" h, 28" w (top), 18 1/2" d. (Note: a 1950's picture of a very young Brian McCue standing next to the wash stand at the McCue's Lexington home, previous to the purchase of "the Cathedral" - Trustee's desk.) Note: One of Dr. McCue's first seven purchases. Andrews said "it came from the Nurse Shop of the Church Family, New Lebanon..." See Shaker Design, Sprigg, June, #40, p. 86-87, for a similar example made and signed by James Calver in 1862. Provenance: Purchased from Andrews in 1946 for $55 (Dr. McCue's Journal Entry #5) Illustrated: Religion in Wood, Andrews, Edward Deming and Faith, 1971, p. 72 The Complete Book of Shaker Furniture, Rieman, T. and Burks, J., 1993, p. 123 Exhibited: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 1964

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Trustee's desk (ex. Mrs. Benjamin Moore)

Lot 26: Trustee's desk (ex. Mrs. Benjamin Moore)

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Description: RARE TRUSTEE'S DESK Two pieces, cherry and figured cherry, cedar or pine back, original varnish finish, applied cove molded top, over vertical double paneled doors, through mortised and double pinned, brass escutcheon plates over the figured cherry wood original diamond escutcheons, brass door closures, five fixed interior shelves, (one shelf was removed at bottom, probably to accommodate larger books), bottom section with fall front desk with five horizontal inset panels opening to eight finely formed dovetailed drawers, each with finely turned cherry wood pulls, with central highly figured cherry panel door opening to three more fitted dovetailed drawers with leather pulls, green felt desk surface, all over four graduated and dovetailed drawers, with six (three side by side) vertical paneled ends, on a carved and dovetailed bracket base, repair to top upper left cornice molding, otherwise very fine condition, 39 3/4" w, 11 1/2" d. Note: According to June Sprigg, the Shakers at Canterbury sold this secretary in the 1930's from their Antique Shop. Dr. McCue referred to this piece as "the Cathedral". "We believe that this magnificent secretary, circa 1840, is the finest and most important example of Shaker furniture ever made in the Shaker communities in Ohio and Kentucky. It is certainly the finest and most important example extant from the West. Its design and construction rank it among the most complex and most sophisticated pieces of Shaker furniture in existence, whether made in the East or the West. Its exceptional provenance places it among the most desirable major casepieces made in the Shaker Society. It is truly a worthy centerpiece for any important collection of Shaker furniture." Part of a 1996 document by June Sprigg, former Curator at Hancock Shaker Village Provenance: Canterbury Shakers Purchased in 1932 by Mrs. Benjamin Moore Purchased at the R. Withington estate auction of Mrs. Benjamin Moore in Center Harbor, NH, October 1966 for $900

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Five books

Lot 27: Five books

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Description: FIVE BOOKS Gleaning from Old Shaker Journals, Compiled by Clara Endicott Sears, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston and New York, 1916, 1st Ed., with original tissue cover; Millennial Church, "A Summary View of the Millennial Church or United Society of Believers...", Albany, 1823, 320 pgs., leather cover, some foxing, Shaker initialed on paper pinned to frontice "PL.E."; A Summary View of the Millennial Church..., 2nd Ed., revised and improved, Albany, 1948, 384 pgs., red cloth cover, very good; Shaker Theology by Elder H.L. Eads (Bishop of South Union, KY), Shakers N.Y., The Shaker Manifesto, 1879, 222 pgs., green impressed cloth cover; The Alethea, Arelia's Book, Spirit & Truth, Farmington, Maine, Knowlton, McLeary & Co., 1899, 135 pgs., written in ink inside front page "Dwelling House, Room 8. - Sabbathday Lake, Maine, July 5, 1899. - ", blue impressed leather cover, slightly toned, very good.

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Round marbelized paper box w/spools

Lot 28: Round marbelized paper box w/spools

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Description: ROUND BOX WITH SIX SPOOLS Round cardboard box with green and white papered exterior, white interior with light blue paper covered bottom inside and out, printed labels on top of lid "E., B. Thread.", 3" h, 5 1/4" dia; and six small Shaker turned spools, each with silk and cotton threads, Canterbury, NH, c. 1840, 1/2" to 1" h. Provenance: Given to Dr. McCue from the Sisters at Sabbathday Lake (Dr. McCue's Journal Entry #249)

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Sister's sewing desk, traces of orig red, 38

Lot 29: Sister's sewing desk, traces of orig red, 38" h

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Description: SISTER'S SEWING DESK Maple and pine, natural finish, traces of original red stained finish, two banks of four drawers along top section, two inset panels on right and left side top, three lipped and graduated drawers on bottom right side, white bone diamond escutcheon plate on top drawer, three smaller drawers on bottom left front, two inset horizontal panels on left front, inset panels on left side, all on tapered and turned legs, hidden sliding work board under the work surface, 38" h, 31 3/4" w, 24" d. Note: When Dr. McCue picked up the sewing desk after the auction and brought it home, he realized quite sometime later that two of the small drawers in the top section had been switched with the other sewing desk sold that day. He tried to find the other buyer/owner of the other desk to see if they could exchange the drawers but to no avail. Circular tag with key found inside drawer of desk. In pencil on the tag "Ida's (Crook) Sewing Desk" Provenance: George E. and Gladys C. Jordan "The Shaker Collection" Auction, Frank D. Greene Jr. Auctioneer, Concord, NH, September 27, 1968 Dr. McCue purchased this piece at the auction, Lot 416, for $2,500

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Red tailoring counter w/corner

Lot 30: Red tailoring counter w/corner

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Description: TAILORING COUNTER Pine, original bittersweet orange stained finish (dark tangerine), asymmetrical design, three long dovetailed and lipped drawers (40" l), graduated, top drawer is divided, original handled pulls, curved overhung top board with backsplash and arched side splash, inset paneled cupboard door with one-quarter round molding, carved wood door closure, single shelf interior, four holes drilled through back board possibly for ventilation, 31 1/2" h (to counter top), 35 3/4" h (to top of splash board), 6' 6 1/2" l, 26 1/2" d. Note: Dr. McCue built a pine base to raise the working height (not attached). See Shaker Furniture, Andrews, Edward Deming and Faith, Plate 21, for a similar example of a corner wash stand/counter. Provenance: Purchased from A. Hamilton in 1951 for $95 (Dr. McCue's Journal Entry #188)

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Four books

Lot 31: Four books

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Description: FOUR BOOKS Lamson, David R., Two Years Experience Among the Shakers, West Boylston, 1848, toned with some foxing, impressed brown cloth cover, (torn at upper part of upper binding); Blue Laws, Quaker Laws and Witchcraft, Case Tiffany & Co., Hartford, 1838, pg. 261-295, "a brief exposition of the established Principles and Regulations of the United Society of Believers, called Shakers...", some light foxing, brown cloth cover; Christ's First and Second Appearing, By Shakers, 4th Ed., Van Benthuysen, Albany, 1856, 631 pgs., overall very good condition, leather binding; Harper's Magazine, Vol. XV, (bound, black leather spine with gilt lettering with black cloth), June to November 1857, New York, pg. 164-177, with 15 illustrations, good condition. Provenance: Harper's Magazine purchased by Dr. McCue in1980 from Harold R. Nestler, rare book dealer, Waldwick, New Jersey for $35

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Shaker rag rug, 16' 6

Lot 32: Shaker rag rug, 16' 6" l, 2' 2" w

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Description: SHAKER RAG RUG Floor runner, woven from fabric scraps, as described in Shaker Textile Arts, Beverly Gordon, University Press of New England, p. 96, "By the Civil War period, a particular style of Shaker Rag Rug had evolved. It was subtle but inventive, and a sense of unity, order and balance was inherent in it.", woven in twisted strips of reds, blacks, blue/green, and cream/whites, alternating every 2" to 6" in the pattern, Canterbury Shakers, c. 1850-1870, 16' 6" l, 2' 2" w.

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Yellow cupboard over drawers (8 drawers)

Lot 33: Yellow cupboard over drawers (8 drawers)

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Description: CUPBOARD OVER DRAWERS Pine, yellow painted finish over light rose gray/beige paint, step molded top board, inset vertical paneled doors through mortised and double pegged on the diagonal, both opening and hinged right to left, single medial shelf, applied molding below, over eight dovetailed and lipped drawers, two bottom drawers are 7" h, top six drawers are 6" h, inset vertical panel ends with molded edges, 19th c. walnut pulls are old replacements, heavy brass door closures, 6' 11 1/2" h, 37 3/4" w, 19 1/2" d. Note: Used in Dr. McCue's dining room Provenance: Purchased from Canterbury Shakers in 1959 for $125 (Dr. McCue's small Notebook)

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Rocking chair, no arms (crack on 2nd slat)

Lot 34: Rocking chair, no arms (crack on 2nd slat)

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Description: ROCKING CHAIR Birch and figured birch, tall shaped finials, three wide ladders with heavy top level, early Shaker 20th c. cotton taped seat, brown stripe and beige, tiger maple rockers pegged into stiles, ash or oak rails, (repairs to left finial and small split on second ladder), 16 1/2" seat h, 39 1/2" overall h.

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Storage box w/bracket base

Lot 35: Storage box w/bracket base

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Description: STORAGE BOX Walnut, original varnish finish, six board construction, very finely dovetailed, (front is blind dovetailed), four pegged breadboard top, opening to a large till, lock intact, (catch plate repositioned), signed cast steel butt hinges "J. Coddington", applied cut out bracket base (5 1/2" h), finely cove molded with bold dovetailing, inset maple diamond-shaped teardrop escutcheon, (Note: a replacement was made 2013 by L. White, Master Cabinetmaker, as Dr. McCue purchased it without the escutcheon from Mary Dahm), with original cast iron key and leather fob, "Walnut chest, L-3.", Union Village, OH, c. 1830-1840, 22 1/2" h, 37 1/2" w (case), 18 1/2" d (at lid) - probably used for bedding. Provenance: Purchased from Eldress Emma King, Canterbury, in 1963 for $100 (Dr. McCue's small Notebook)

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Storage box, orig varnish finish, 17 1/4

Lot 36: Storage box, orig varnish finish, 17 1/4" h

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Description: STORAGE BOX Walnut, original varnish finish, dovetailed case (blind dovetailed in back), maple extended diamond escutcheon, iron and porcelain casters, applied molding at base (shows minor breaks), interior till with lid extends to the baseboard, one-board hinged lid, 17 1/4" h, 41 3/4" w, 18 3/4" d. Note: "Eldress Emma King says it was brought to Canterbury from Union Village, O., when that community was closed." Provenance: Purchased from Canterbury Shakers in 1951 for $25 (Dr. McCue's Journal Entry #152)

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Two #2 rocking chairs

Lot 37: Two #2 rocking chairs

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Description: TWO ROCKING CHAIRS Maple, original dark stained finish, stamped "2" on back of top slat, shawl bar, padded seat with checkered fabric, some wear to front, New Lebanon, NY, 14 1/2" seat h, 33 1/2" overall h; Maple, original light stained finish, stamped "2" on back of top slat, three slats, large acorn finials, woven ash splint seat in the Shaker style, receipt taped to bottom of chair "Richard W. Withington, Inc. 2-2, 1980, Rocker $400", New Lebanon, NY, 14 1/2" seat h, 33 1/2" overall h.

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Chest of drawers w/porc. knobs

Lot 38: Chest of drawers w/porc. knobs

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Description: CHEST OF DRAWERS Chestnut and pine, thin yellow/ochre wash, molded top board with backsplash, two flanking drawers thumbnail molded with lips on top and sides, over three similar graduated drawers, all with original white porcelain pulls, double vertical raised panel ends, one-quarter round molded front sides, Enfield, CT, attributed to Thomas Fisher (1823-1902), 38 1/2" h (to top backsplash), 33" h (front), 40" w (top), 37 1/4" w (case), 21 1/2" d (top), 20 3/4" (case). Note: "The pieces by Thos. Fisher of Enfield, Conn. (of which this is one) are perhaps the finest examples of the mid-nineteenth-century Shaker craftsmanship." J. McCue Sept 1988 (See Addenda) See The Complete Book of Shaker Furniture, Rieman, T. and Burks, J., Fig. 137, p. 193, for a similar example See Shaker Furniture Makers, Grant, J. and Allen, D., p. 159, for similar examples

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Shaker drying rack, towel holder & 2 hand towels

Lot 39: Shaker drying rack, towel holder & 2 hand towels

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Description: DRYING RACK, TOWEL HOLDER AND HAND TOWELS Maple, original varnish finish, three carved rods (12" l) attached to pine dowel, wall mounted with two screws, folds to conserve space, paper label "Shaker", and "$2.00"; Finely turned cylindrical roller (19" l) fitted into side brackets (similar to a curtain rod), all fitted to a poplar back board that would be screwed to the wall, original dark stained finish, 4" h; Two Shaker hand towels, linen and cotton, one ink initialed "L.Y.L.", 21" x 48", one pillowcase initialed in blue stitching "M.7", 16" x 24 1/2"; finely woven linen towel, 28" x 40", with small white tag "1.50", and on reverse "Canterbury 1964" in Dr. McCue's handwriting. Note: See The American Shakers and Their Furniture, Shea, John G., p.111, for a similar example of the drying (towel) rack

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Yellow bucket, basket & applesauce pail

Lot 40: Yellow bucket, basket & applesauce pail

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Description: SAP BUCKET, BASKET AND PAIL Coopered pine Shaker sap bucket, original yellow painted finish, red painted interior, cast iron shaped metal hanger attached to rim, two iron bands, stamped on bottom "N.F. Shakers, Enfield, N.H.", 9 1/4" h, 11 1/2" dia; Rectangular basket, dark splint, single carved hoop handle, single wrapped rim, minor breaks and imperfections, old patina, 8" h (to top of handle), 9" l, 8" w; Applesauce pail, pine and maple bands, copper tacks, wire bail high turned wood handle, used as containers for the Shaker's applesauce industry, (small attached red tag "$6.50"). Provenance: Sap bucket purchased from the North Family at Enfield, NH in 1967 for $25 (Dr. McCue's small Notebook)

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Two-drawer blanket chest, lipstick red, 42 1/2

Lot 41: Two-drawer blanket chest, lipstick red, 42 1/2" h

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Description: TWO-DRAWER BLANKET CHEST Pine, original deep lipstick red painted finish, molded lid, cast iron hinges applied to outside back, two lipped and dovetailed drawers, each with worldly brass bail pulls, simple board sides with bootjack ends, two interior chamfered cleats on lid, initialed on back in red "TAB, 1808", original keys to drawer and lid, 42 1/2" h, 36 3/4" w, 19 1/4" d. Provenance: Purchased (from Alta McKerley in 1952) in Concord, NH [where it had gone from Harvard via Canterbury Shakers] (Dr. McCue's Journal Entry #201) (Dr. McCue's small Notebook)

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Three Shaker crocheted gifts

Lot 42: Three Shaker crocheted gifts

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Description: SHAKER GIFTS Hostess apron, pink and white sheer linen, with crocheted lace finished decoration, card in pocket "To Dear Miriam from Bertha" (Bertha Lindsay, Canterbury); Pink and white crocheted wool infant's cap, scarf and booties in a candy box with tissue paper, with a baby card from Bertha, and a lovely poem called "Two Little Socks. Dedication" by Emily E. Culver, along with an enclosed note from Miriam McCue "Little pink knitted cap made for Brian by a Shaker friend, 1954", "Not used because wrong color!"; Pink and white crochet edged handkerchief, Shaker folded and boxed, with decoupage child reading with bluebirds in a nest, sent from Sister Jennie Wells, Pittsfield, to Mrs. Gerald McCue.

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Trestle table, ex. Jordan

Lot 43: Trestle table, ex. Jordan

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Description: TRESTLE TABLE Birch, light varnish finish, four-board top with matched grain and half-round finished edges, shaped and beveled cleat under top extends through trestle legs, 5 1/2" arch, extended and squared feet, 28" h, 7' l, 32" w, 27 3/4" d. Note: Constructed by Robert Jordan. Provenance: Purchased at the 1968 Jordan Auction, Lot 285, for $325

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Shaker gifts to Miriam McCue

Lot 44: Shaker gifts to Miriam McCue

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Description: SHAKER GIFTS Baby knitted green and teal scarfs to Brian, in a box "Romance of the Sea", with a baby card from Lillian (Phelps), and a Christmas gift from Lillian to Miriam of two crocheted potholders; a very small red and white crocheted wreath pin with note "made by Sister Lillian or Sister Bertha for Miriam McCue"; along with a cross work decorated late pincushion with strawberry, which was used by Miriam, (more than likely another gift).

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Laundry bags, mattress bag, linen sheet, etc.

Lot 45: Laundry bags, mattress bag, linen sheet, etc.

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Description: TEXTILES Three laundry bags: one of ticking cloth labeled "12"; a thick linen bag marked "3" (blue cross stitch), stained; and a linen bag with brown stripe, marked "X" in similar thread color; Canvas mattress bag marked in blue "D."; Thin cotton rectangular double-faced cloth, marked "14" in blue; Large linen sheet, full-size, cross stitched with initials "C H H"; Large brown cotton bag or case with blue stitching; Patchwork linen sheet, cross stitched with blue thread "Zilpha Blanchard 62", (stained).

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Lg one-drawer work table

Lot 46: Lg one-drawer work table

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Description: WORK TABLE Pine, original soft brick red painted finish, one board pine top (25 3/4" w, 4' 11" l, 2" thick), framed with applied molding, full width drawer below (7" d), lipped and dovetailed, with two original hardwood pulls (1 1/4" l) with great patina, skirt is pinned and mortised into the maple legs, which are square and then turned with a medial swell (31" h), Sabbathday Lake or Alfred, ME, c. 1830. Note: Was said to be used as a Sister's laundry table. This was Dr. McCue's desk/table that he used in his upstairs back room. Provenance: Purchased from Sister Eleanor Philbrook at Sabbathday Lake, in 1953 for $80 (Dr. McCue's Journal Entry #237)

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Shawl and kerchief

Lot 47: Shawl and kerchief

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Description: SHAWL AND KERCHIEF Very finely woven Sister's wool shawl, edged with knotted openwork design ending in 3" fringe, initialed in silk thread "G I L X" on one corner, with Shaker Antique Shop, Sabbathday Lake, and Prudence Stickney, Trustee business card, written in ink on reverse "Shaker Woven, very early, $1.50 plus tax, Sister Aida, 12 15.", 62" x 68", (Sister Aida M. Elam); White satin kerchief with linear designed border, hemmed by hand, 33" sq.

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Two-drawer low cupboard, 30

Lot 48: Two-drawer low cupboard, 30" h

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Description: LOW CUPBOARD Pine, original brown stained finish, 3" raised backsplash, two dovetailed and nailed drawers with turned pulls, over two cupboard doors with double and chamfered splines with inset screws on inside of doors, opening to two shelves, 1 1/4" peg on left hand side, brass door closures, Tyringham, MA, 30" h, 41" w (case), 16" d. Provenance: This is one of the first pieces Dr. McCue acquired. He purchased it in 1946 for $35 from Edward Deming Andrews, who found it at the Church Family Dwelling at Hancock, however, Andrews said that it came from the Tyringham Shakers and made circa 1810. (Dr. McCue's Journal Entry #6)

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Five Shaker small items

Lot 49: Five Shaker small items

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Description: FIVE SHAKER SMALL ITEMS Rare wooden dining table castor holder, exceptional turned fruitwood handle with revolving holder for four casters, turned and flared maple base, 8 1/2" h; Small wooden double roller with small walnut turned knob, "T"-head nailed construction, 4 3/8" l; Sister's sewing lap board, pine, original orange painted finish, breadboard construction, 22 3/4" l, 11 3/8" w; Finely turned maple spinning wheel turner, with paper "What they turn the Spinning Wheel with name? 25 ", 6" l; Small cherry wood framed mirror, 6" x 3 3/4".

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Wood box, pine, dovetailed, 25

Lot 50: Wood box, pine, dovetailed, 25" h

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Description: WOOD BOX Pine, original orange stained varnish finish, dovetailed six-board construction, one-quarter round molded lid, butt hinged, partitioned interior for kindling of stove length legs, side shows signs of having a tool holder, one-quarter round molded baseboard, interior with two chamfered cleats, 25" h, 25" w, 16" d.

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