Oval Carrier, made by George Roberts, who was not a Shaker, but worked for the Shaker Neale sisters, Mount Lebanon, New York, c. 1930, pine bottom with bent maple sides joined with two fingers fastened with copper tacks, and fixed upright handle, (repair on handle), ht. 7 1/2, wd. 11 1/8, lg. 14 1/2 in.
Oval carriers, both lidded and unlidded, were a natural outgrowth of the oval box industry at the Church Family, Mount Lebanon. Typically pine "headers" (tops and bottoms) were joined to steam-bent maple sides by finely cut, iron-tacked finger joints. This example in tiger maple is finished in a clear varnish and joined with copper tacks. Atypically, the bail is also made of tiger maple and joined to the side with copper washers and rivets. Handles were typically made of ash for strength. This carrier is remarkably similar to the one depicted in John Kassay's Book of Shaker Furniture, p. 23.
Approx. 2 x 7/8 patched repaired area on bend of handle,
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