SHAKER STYLE Maple Wood Carrier - Signed -Swing Handle and Copper Tacks
- Vintage item
This large, handsome handcrafted carrier is made of maple in the Shaker tradition. It's composed of just three strips of wood, the steam bent band and arched handle and the flat oval bottom, all with a light natural finish that lets the beautiful grain of the wood show through. The side is wrapped around the bottom and secured with the traditional copper tacks. One large finger (aka lap or swallowtail) holds the band in place, also with copper tacks. The arched handle, which swings from front to back and also stands upright, is held on by copper tacks clinched through metal washers on the inside.
The carrier measures 15 inches long and 10 1/2 inches front to back at its widest point. With the handle up, it is 11 1/2 inches in height; the band itself is 3 1/2 inches high. These measurements correspond fairly closely to a Shaker size 8, the largest size made. It weighs 1 pound 10 ounces and is in very good condition, with a few brown spots on the inside bottom (pictured) the only real signs of use we could find. On the bottom, the makers wrote their monogram MDS in black, which started us wondering: Martin and Susan Duncan? Mark and Samuel Dunn? Husband and wife, brothers or partners? We've haven't found the answer yet, but whoever they are or were, their craftsmanship is excellent.
Carriers like this are wonderful to display, filled or empty, and are also useful for carrying sewing and other projects around the home.
,,,A quote from page 139 of "Neat and Tidy," Nina Fletcher Little's wonderful 1980 book on boxes: "A group of yellow varnished Shaker sewing boxes...The piece without a cover is known as a carrier..."