Shaker Yellow-painted Lidded Wooden Pail, Canterbury, New Hampshire, c. 1855, pine staves and bottom, the staves with V-shaped tongue-and-groove joinery fastened with iron hoops cut to a "V" at the ends, wire bail with diamond-shaped iron bail plates clipped at the top to accommodate the lid, the bail with turned maple handle with scribe lines at the center and ends, the pail is stamped with the number "1" in the center of the exterior bottom, and the number "5" is stamped in the center of the interior lid, the interior with clear varnish, ht. to top of lid 7 3/4, ht. to top of upright handle 12 1/4, dia. of lid 10 1/2 in.
Literature: Gather Up the Fragments: The Andrews Shaker Collection, by Mario S. De Pillis and Christian Goodwillie (Hancock Shaker Village, Inc., 2008), p. 114.
The Canterbury, New Hampshire, Shakers manufactured large amounts of cooperage during the 19th century. This lidded pail exhibits many of the hallmarks of cooperage from that community. The staves are joined with a "V"-shaped notch, and chamfered at the bottom to guard against splitting (like the Mount Lebanon example in this sale, Lot 2). The wire bail is set into a diamond-shaped bail plate (really strap iron cut on the diagonal) that has been relieved at the top to accommodate the iron rim. The turned hardwood handle has a double central scribe line and chamfered ends to prevent splitting. The bottom is turned, and beveled at the outer edge to fit into the staves.
Good condition, minor paint wear.
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