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Early Shaker Oval Box in True MEETING HOUSE BLUE.....SALE PENDING
Alfred or Sabbathday Lake, Maine, ca. 1830. Maple walled with pine top and bottom with copper tacks. Original MEETING HOUSE BLUE paint, the scarcest color in oval Shaker boxes (red most common, then yellow, green, then meetinghouse blue). Known as "meeting house blue" as it was used in the meeting house woodwork and furnishings, with color created from a mixture of Prussian Blue and lead-white in an oil-binder (like Linseed oil). Structurally superb condition with period paint wear. About 7 3/4 inches long x 3 3/8 tall x 5 3/8 wide. Provenance: Acquired by collectors from Olde Lyme, CT in the 1940's.
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