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Shaker Furniture

Shaker Style

“Shaker style” describes furnishings and interiors that are both warm and simple, centered on unpretentious wooden chairs, tables and cabinets without ornament or embellishment. The term derives from the popular name for an all-but-vanished American religious sect, whose members crafted honest, modest household furniture and objects as part of their belief in purposeful living and simplicity in all things.

Members of the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing — called Shakers, derisively, because they writhed and danced in religious ecstasy during worship — arrived in the United States from England in 1774. Within 50 years, the sect had established 19 self-sufficient communities from Maine to Kentucky, where they lived pure, humble and industrious lives..The furniture and objects the Shakers made reflected their strict rules of behavior. Pieces such as ladder– and slat-back chairs and trestle tables were painstakingly crafted from native woods like maple and cherry, using traditional methods such as mortise-and-tenon and dovetail joinery and lathe turning. They employed strong, straight lines and symmetrical proportions, and decoration of any kind — carving, veneers, inlays — was prohibited, as it would encourage the sins of pride and vanity. The Shakers movement included some 6,000 members at its peak in the 1860s, but the group practiced celibacy and could attempt to sustain their flock only by recruiting new adherents. Modernity proved too alluring. Today only one tiny Shaker community, in Maine, still exists, though the sect’s heritage is preserved at several historical sites.

Genuine Shaker antiques are hard to come by, but not exceedingly rare — to support their communities, the Shakers sold furniture to outsiders, who appreciated its superb quality. While the “Shaker style” label is today given to many plain, simple wooden pieces, it should also denote superior construction and solid materials. As elements in interior design, Shaker furnishings work best in a quiet decor. Modest pieces such as these can become lost among more ornate works. The style is most suitable to a country home — although a Shaker chair or cabinet can make a striking counterpoint in a modernist, urban setting. As you will see on these pages, Shaker furniture and objects have a deep appeal for their warmth, honesty and graceful simplicity, which make them welcome almost anywhere.

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Jim Rose Half Housetop Gee's Inspired Quilt Cupboard, Steel Art Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
This totally functional modern industrial cabinet is created from recycled hot-rolled steel. The monochromatic quilt pattern in the doors and on the sides of the piece are inspired b...
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2010s Shaker Furniture

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Steel

Jim Rose Two-Door Multicolor Block Quilt Cupboard, Steel Art Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
This totally functional cabinet with two interior shelves is created from hot-rolled steel and found painted panels. The panels on the door fronts and sides are created from blocks o...
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2010s American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Steel

Jim Rose Steel Furniture - Four Drawer Gee's Bend Blue Strip Quilt Cupboard
Located in Chicago, IL
This totally functional modern industrial cabinet is created from hot-rolled steel and found painted panels. The panels on the drawer fronts and sides are created from strips of blue...
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2010s American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Steel

Full-Length Arched Mirror in Blackened Ash by Coolican & Company
Located in Mississauga, Ontario
The contemporary Euclid mirror pays homage to the arched doorways that featured in Shaker architecture. The steam-bent arch is connected with brass pinned lap joints and the base of ...
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2010s Canadian Shaker Furniture

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Oak, Mirror

Full-Length Arched Mirror by Coolican & Company
Located in Mississauga, Ontario
The contemporary Euclid mirror pays homage to the arched doorways that featured in Shaker architecture. The steam-bent arch is connected with brass pinned lap joints and the base of ...
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2010s Canadian Shaker Furniture

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Oak, Mirror

Jim Rose Legacy Collection - Tall Cabinet, Shaker Inspired Steel Cupboard
Located in Chicago, IL
This is a totally functional tall one door cupboard with two exterior drawers and one hidden drawer. It is created from naturally rusted, salvaged and recycled ship building steel. I...
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Early 2000s American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Steel

East End Trestle Table in Walnut
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Initially designed for a client with a summer home out in East Hampton, the East end trestle is made with large dinner parties in mind. It is sturdy, yet light, and the base can be d...
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Hana Trestle Dining Table in Walnut in Stock
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Hana trestle dining table is inspired by time spent on the east coast of Maui; an enclave of 'back to the land' types who settled there in the 1960s. The homes are all built by h...
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2010s American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Maple, Walnut

East End White Oak Trestle Table
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Initially designed for a client with a summer home out in East Hampton, the East End Trestle is made with large dinner parties in mind. It is sturdy, yet light, and the base can be d...
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2010s American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Cherry, Oak, Walnut

Beachcomber Bar Stool in Walnut in Stock
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Light and strong, the beachcomber bar stool evokes the sight of an old wooden monohull, it's lean, sturdy mast together with the rigging worthy of the high seas. Constructed of hand ...
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2010s American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Beachcomber Bar Stool in Walnut
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Light and strong, the Beachcomber bar stool evokes the sight of an old wooden monohull; it's lean, sturdy mast together with the rigging worthy of the high seas. Constructed of hand ...
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2010s American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Oak, Walnut

Santa Rosa White Oak Bed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Santa Rosa bed is inspired by time spent in small coastal towns and their ever present modest clapboard homes with sun bleached siding. It's almost as if the older they get, the ...
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2010s American Shaker Furniture

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Oak, Walnut

Sommar Dining Chair in White Oak with Spindle Back
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Inspired by the casual elegance of Scandinavian cafes with their clean, minimal aesthetic and just enough whimsy to keep the vibe fun, the Sommar Dining Chair was designed to fill a ...
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2010s American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Oak, Walnut

Oslo Dining Chair in White Oak in Stock
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Oslo dining chair draws its lines from the simple folk art seating found across Scandinavia; a place where connection has been maintained with the natural world and ancient craft...
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2010s American Shaker Furniture

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Oak

Dune Allen Credenza in Solid Walnut
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Dune Allen credenza is crafted to handle all your storage needs with refined simplicity. Clean lines and strong joinery amount to a piece that is sturdy, yet elegant. The carcass...
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2010s North American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Beachcomber Milking Stool in Oiled Walnut
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The beachcomber milking stool is our take on a Classic, simple form. The hand shaped seat is sculpted for comfort, and the legs are shaved with a block plane lending the walnut a low...
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2010s American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Oak, Walnut

Tranquilo Loveseat in White Oak with Spindle Back
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Everyone knows the love seat is nothing more than a glorified bench, or a miniature couch, but the fact is it's often a necessary item for city dwellers who lack the room for a secti...
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2010s American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Linen, Oak, Walnut

Jim Rose Steel Furniture - Cabinet and Case of Drawers, Modern Functional Art
Located in Chicago, IL
This is a totally functional industrial modern cabinet and case of seven drawers. There are two interior shelves inside the cabinet. It created from hot-rolled steel and found painte...
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2010s American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Steel

Good Early Federal Shaker Tradition Tiger Maple One Drawer Work Table
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Resting on four unusually slender square tapering legs this early 19th century Americana Federal tiger maple worktable reflects the famous simplicity and craftmanship of the Shaker t...
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Early 19th Century American Antique Shaker Furniture

Materials

Brass

Hana Walnut Trestle Table in Stock
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Hana Trestle dining table is our take on the Classic trestle form, beloved by both the shakers and their distant woodworking cousins, the Japanese-who have reinterpreted the desi...
Category

2010s American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Claire Table, Shaker Modern Cherry Dining Table with Sculpted Joinery
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Featuring modern sculpted joinery paired with a traditional shaker form of clean lines and tapered legs, the Claire table is a blend of old form and new styling. We call the look sha...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Wood, Cherry

Bullet Table, Rustic Oak Shaker Table with Exposed Joinery
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Our first design, the bullet table received it's name when we found an antique fired round inside one of the oak boards we were milling. Featuring a classic tapered leg, the table is...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Wood, Oak

Bullet Table, Country Shaker Table with Walnut and Exposed Joinery
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Our first design, the bullet table received its name when we found an antique fired round inside one of the boards we were milling. Featuring a classic tapered leg, the table is trad...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Wood, Walnut

New England Farm Table, Shaker-Modern Dining Table in Walnut
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Our modern take on a classic shaker farm table. The New England Farm Table's features slim rails, neat but bold reveals, and a chunky tapered leg. When paired with sustainably harves...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Wood, Walnut

Oblong Wooden Basket
Located in South Salem, NY
Vintage basket with great shape & short, stout and sturdy handle. The basket was previously painted and has since been used so there is a worn patina of paint and wood. Great for sto...
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20th Century French Shaker Furniture

Materials

Wicker, Wood

Early American Open-Front Red Painted Cupboard
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This open-front red painted cupboard is a classic example of Early American furniture with legs and feet that are simply downward extensions of the rectangular style. This piece can ...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Shaker Furniture

Materials

Wood

Early American Walnut Cupboard with Four Doors and Two Drawers
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This early American walnut cupboard is a classic example of early American furniture with legs and feet that are simply downward extensions of the simplistic rectangular style. This ...
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Late 19th Century Antique Shaker Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Steve Simko Hand Crafted Shaker Style Mahogany Sofa Console Table
Located in Dayton, OH
Steve Simnko mahogany console table. Shaker inspired with a minimalist design. Features a rectangular form top over square tapered legs. Marked along underside. Measure: 54".  
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Late 20th Century Shaker Furniture

Materials

Mahogany

Antique Early American Pine and Woven Rattan Shaker High Chair Child Doll Seat
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique handmade pine and rattan small childs or doll sized high chair with woven seat.  
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Early 20th Century Shaker Furniture

Materials

Rattan, Pine

1880' Italian Shabby White Piedmontese Wardrobe Sideboard Pantry Cabinet Shelves
Located in Buggiano, IT
Antique Piedmontese wardrobe with two doors, with movable shelves, original, shabby white, shallow. Size cm: 124 + 12 frame x 41 x 221 height Age: circa 1880. The cabinet can ...
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Late 19th Century Italian Antique Shaker Furniture

Materials

Fir

Early 20th Century Shaker Sewing Basket
Located in Nantucket, MA
Early 20th Century Shaker Sewing Basket from the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in New Gloucester, Maine. An early oval band box made from split poplar with four finger laps and copp...
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Early 20th Century American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Silk, Poplar

Jim Rose Steel Four-Drawer Table
Located in Chicago, IL
This steel console table by artist Jim Rose forges a connection between Shaker minimalism and the simplified lines and austere aesthetic of Ming-dynasty furniture. The culmination of...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Steel

Wash Stand, Country Style, Worn White Paint Finish, Solid Pine by Eddie West
Located in Toronto, CA
A pine wash stand made by Eddie West, with a vanilla color antique style paint finish. There is one drawer in this washstand.
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Late 20th Century American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Pine

Bonnin Ashley Custom-Made Multi-Use Square or Rectangular Dining Table
Located in Miami, FL
Inspired by a Shaker table in Hancock Village, Massachusetts, this versatile table, comprising of two (2) tables in American cherry can be set up using several configurations. When a...
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2010s American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Wood

Bonnin Ashley Custom-Made Dining Table in Black Walnut w/ Hand Rubbed Oil Finish
Located in Miami, FL
Enjoying a minimalist design, this Bonnin Ashley custom-made dining table evokes the sense of a beautiful slab of wood floating in space being anchored by three legs without an apron...
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2010s American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Vintage Indian Rug with Modern Shaker Style and Islamic Tile Design
Located in Dallas, TX
77573, vintage Indian rug with Modern Shaker style and Islamic Tile Design. With luminous brown hues and ornate details, this hand knotted wool vintage Indian rug beautifully embodie...
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Late 20th Century Indian Shaker Furniture

Materials

Wool

Jim Rose Steel Three-Drawer Table
Located in Chicago, IL
This steel side table by artist Jim Rose forges a connection between Shaker minimalism and the simplified lines and austere aesthetic of Ming-dynasty furniture. The culmination of ye...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Steel

Vintage Turkish Sivas Rug with Modern Shaker Style
Located in Dallas, TX
53244, vintage Turkish Sivas rug with Modern Shaker style. Simplicity and effortless beauty meet soft, bespoke vibes with a modern Shaker style in this hand knotted wool vintage Turk...
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Mid-20th Century Turkish Shaker Furniture

Materials

Wool

1900s Piedmontese Wardrobe Poplar Sideboard Pantry Cabinet
Located in Buggiano, IT
Antique Piedmontese wardrobe in poplar with two doors, original, walnut color. The wardrobe is divided into two parts horizontally Size cm: 128 + 12 frame x 50 x 213 height Useful...
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Early 1900s Italian Antique Shaker Furniture

Materials

Poplar

Set of 4 Yngvar Sandström Dining Room Chairs in Solid Oak by Nordiska Kompaniet
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Beautiful set of four solid oak dining room chairs from the Triva series, designed by Yngvar Sandstrom from Sweden in the second half of the 20th century. The seats are upholstered i...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Shaker Furniture

Materials

Faux Leather, Oak

Scandinavian Solid Oak and Papercord Shaker Rocking Chair
Located in Bergen op Zoom, NL
Nice example of a shaker rocking chair of Scandinavian origin Solid oak frame with nicely carved armrest combined with Classic and basic shaker design elements The oak has a b...
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1960s Danish Vintage Shaker Furniture

Materials

Papercord, Oak

Traditional Set of Persian Mahal Rug Pillows
Located in New York, NY
Set of pillows made from a 19th century terracotta color traditional Persian Mahal rug. Measuring: 16" x 24" and 20" x 24".
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20th Century Turkish Shaker Furniture

Materials

Wool, Cotton, Foam

Børge Mogensen Oak Dining Table for C.M. Madsen, Denmark, circa 1960
Located in Munster, NRW
Shaker dining table in solid oak, by Danish designer Børge Mogensen for C.M. Madsen. Slight traces and patina consistent with age and use, very good overall condition. Denmar...
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1960s Danish Vintage Shaker Furniture

Materials

Oak

Jim Rose Six-Drawer Console Table
Located in Chicago, IL
This steel console table by artist Jim Rose forges a connection between Shaker minimalism and the simplified lines and austere aesthetic of Ming-dynasty furniture. The culmination of...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Steel

Distressed Antique Persian Saraband Runner with Mir Boteh Design
Located in Dallas, TX
53234, distressed antique Persian Saraband Runner with Mir Boteh design. Simplicity and effortless beauty meet soft, bespoke vibes with a modern Shaker style in this hand knotted woo...
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Early 20th Century Persian Shaker Furniture

Materials

Wool

Thomas Moser Maple Drop-Leaf Table, Signed Great Dining or Sofa Table
Located in Buchanan, MI
Thomas Moser maple drop-leaf table, signed. Each leaf is 15.5". Tabletop thickness is just under one inch.
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20th Century American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Maple

Early 20th Century South West Ladder High Back Rocking Chair
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Early 20th century South West ladder high back rocking chair Great country accent, ladder high back rocking chair with cane. Honey color, wonderful worn patina. The seat is handwo...
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Early 1900s American Antique Shaker Furniture

Materials

Maple

Antique 19th Century Shaker No. 7 Rocking Chair with Shawl Bar
Located in Peabody, MA
Original Mt. Lebanon, NY Shaker rocker circa 1890s. Stamped # 7, the largest adult size. In stained maple with shawl bar above the top back rest.
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1890s American Antique Shaker Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Maple

Vintage Persian Shiraz Rug with Modern Shaker Style
Located in Dallas, TX
53048, vintage Persian Shiraz rug with modern shaker style. Warm and inviting with an expressive design aesthetic in a neutral colorway, this hand knotted wool vintage Persian Shiraz...
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Mid-20th Century Persian Shaker Furniture

Materials

Wool

12' Long Bonnin Ashley Custom-Made Dining Table/ Sideboard in Fumed Black Walnut
Located in Miami, FL
A Hancock Village-inspired (Shaker), Bonnin Ashley custom-made dining table or sideboard in American black walnut with a fumed patina finish sealed with a LEED certified organic oil ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Shaker Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Spanish Colonial Long Table with H-Form Stretcher
Located in Nordhavn, DK
Long tables from the Philippines, circa 1860-1880. Legs and frame made of Balayong wood, center top plate in one piece of Molava wood. Both types of wood are tropical hardwood and ve...
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Late 19th Century Philippine Antique Shaker Furniture

Materials

Hardwood

19th Century Shaker Rocker Old Red Paint Surface
Located in Sharon, CT
Beautiful old red untouched surface.
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Early 19th Century American Antique Shaker Furniture

Materials

Wood

Transitional Area Rug with Cozy, Hygge Vibes and Warm Amish-Shaker Style
Located in Dallas, TX
30459, new transitional area rug with cozy, hygge vibes and warm Amish-Shaker style. This neutral transitional area rug emanates function and versatility with warm, hygge vibes. It f...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Indian Shaker Furniture

Materials

Wool

Vintage Miniature Folk Art Shaker Style Wall Hanging Cabinet Cupboard
Located in Dayton, OH
Vintage Folk Art hand painted miniature cabinet with two shelves and one drawer. Measures: 16”.    
Category

Mid-20th Century Shaker Furniture

Materials

Hardwood, Paint

Early American Shaker Style Stove
Located in Chicago, IL
Early American Shaker Stove, .Painted metal Latched door with wrought iron feet.
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1910s American Vintage Shaker Furniture

Materials

Metal, Wrought Iron

Vintage Pasta Rolling Pin
Located in Houston, TX
This vintage rolling pin has horizontal ridges and was likely used to make thin spaghetti noodles. The wood pin is in good condition and has a nice worn patina.
Category

Mid-20th Century English Shaker Furniture

Materials

Maple

Vintage Honey Color Shaker Round Box with Lid
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Vintage honey color shaker round box with lid Felt underside Size: 7" D x 3" H.
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1980s American Vintage Shaker Furniture

Materials

Wood

Large Antique Shaker Box, Trunk in Bentwood, 19th Century Scandinavia
Located in Esbjerg, DK
God only knows what this large bentwood Trunk has been through. It has scuffs, ware and patina all-over. Yet it is still very useable, stabile and decorative. Its made in traditional...
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19th Century Scandinavian Antique Shaker Furniture

Materials

Bentwood