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Seventy Shaker Herb Labels and an Unlabeled Seed Packet

Auction:
2731M
Lot:
111
Sold for:
$923$750

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Auction:
American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2731M
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
June 15, 2014 12:00PM

Description:

Seventy Shaker Herb Labels and an Unlabeled Seed Packet, New Lebanon or Watervliet, New York, 19th century, black ink letterpress on mostly white paper.

These strip labels were applied to cardboard cylinders of medicinal extracts at both New Lebanon and Watervliet, New York. The Andrewses, as well as Charles Adams of the New York State Museum, recovered many of these directly from Shaker buildings in the 1930s. Also in this lot is one blank, unused seed packet. The Shakers were the first to commercially package small quantities of garden seeds as we buy them today.

Estimate $200-250


The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.

Keywords

Watervliet, New York State Museum, Charles Adams

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