I've loved shaker boxes for as long as I can remember. There is something about the shape and form of the boxes. The variety of woods and grains. The workmanship in bending such thin wood to create a strong box that withstands the test of time and use. I wasn't fortunate enough to acquire antique shaker boxes, but gradually collected new boxes from a variety of artists. The stack to the right above were my first purchase - I think I was still in high school.
Can you believe that the two on the right were purchased several years and many miles apart?!
I love all the unusual shapes, proportions and wood grains. And it is a wonderful place to store my stitching supplies and treasures.
Between Christmas and New Year's I stopped in an antique store that was having an end of year sale to take peek. My heart leaped when I saw an antique prim shaker box - well used and loved.
Once I held it, I didn't let it go! Wahoo - a wonderful find! When I spoke with the sweet dealer that owned the box, I found that she had purchased a small collection of boxes from the estate sale of an elderly woman. Well I couldn't let the collection be split up could I?
So I also bought this wonderful box - more of a pantry box than a traditional shaker box. This box is signed C. Talbot - burnt into the wood. I'm not sure how old/new the decoration is on the top of the box - this is also signed - Lois Lamson of Randolph Vermont. Isn't it beautiful? Perfect for this time of year. I must do a little research when I find some time.
And finally, my biggest purchase of the day:
I wasn't planning on spending my Christmas money so quickly, but when treasures like this present themselves you just can't pass them up. :) I wish these boxes could talk and tell me their tales...
Praise the LORD, all you nations;
extol him, all you peoples.
For great is his love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.
Praise the LORD.