SOUTH UNION SHAKER VILLAGE

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Today’s #FurnitureFriday is another comparative study between three chairs with similar stylings. One key feature found in South Union rocking chairs is the configuration of the rockers. They are typically attached on the inside of the front post and the outside of the back post.

Thank you to Case Antiques for sponsoring #FurnitureFriday

Today’s #FurnitureFriday is another comparative …

Today’s #FurnitureFriday is another comparative study between three chairs with similar stylings. One key feature found in South Union rocking chairs is the configuration of the rockers. They are typically attached on the inside of the front post and the outside of the back post.

Thank you to Case Antiques for sponsoring #FurnitureFriday

Today’s #FurnitureFriday is another comparative …

#FurnitureFriday this week is a walnut cupboard with raised panels on all four doors and sides. This is one of three pieces in the collection that has raised panels. 

Thank you as always to @caseantiques for sponsoring #FurnitureFriday!

#FurnitureFriday this week is a walnut cupboard wi…

This #FurnitureFriday is a comparison of two “Type B” chairs in the South Union collection. 

Thank you to @caseantiques for sponsoring #FurnitureFriday!

This #FurnitureFriday is a comparison of two “Ty…

This week for #FurnitureFriday we are looking at another later piece in the collection that was not made by the Shakers, but has excellent history and provenance to the community at South Union. 

Thank you to Case Antiques for sponsoring #FurnitureFriday!

This week for #FurnitureFriday we are looking at a…

This week’s #FurnitureFriday is what comes to mind when most people think of “Shaker furniture.” It has simple lines with no additional ornamentation. This work table has good provenance to the village, but does not fit the profile for typical southern Shaker furniture. 

Thanks to Case Antiques for sponsoring #FurnitureFriday!

This week’s #FurnitureFriday is what comes to mi…

#FurnitureFriday this week is a built-in cupboard that is more simple than others in the building. This is due in part to it being on the top level of the building. Watch to find out what mysteries this built-in presents.

Thanks to Case Antiques for sponsoring #FurnitureFriday!

#FurnitureFriday this week is a built-in cupboard …

This week we have another comparison for #FurnitureFriday. These two wood boxes are examples of furniture that was bought for its functionality.

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This week we have another comparison for #Furnitur…

#FurnitureFriday: Pleasant Hill bed - This week our #FurnitureFriday piece is actually a bed that was made at the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. This bed adheres more closely to the “simple” style of the Shakers than those from the South Union collection.

#FurnitureFriday: Pleasant Hill bed

This week our #FurnitureFriday piece is actually a…

These two #ShakerChairs are the focus of this week’s #FurnitureFriday. Both were made here in the community, with one having a typical South Union finial and the other having an unusual “barrel” finial. Room numbers are stamped into the front posts of each chair. 

Thank you to @caseantiques for sponsoring #FurnitureFriday!

These two #ShakerChairs are the focus of this week…

#FurnitureFriday this week is what was once thought to be the only dated piece of furniture in the collection. This cherry drop leaf table has “August 2, 1839” written on the underside. 

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#FurnitureFriday this week is what was once though…

This writing desk is the feature for #FurnitureFriday. While it may not be Shaker-made, it was certainly used here in the community. This is also one of seven pieces that Deedy Hall displayed in her “Shaker Room” inside her home until her passing. 

Thanks to @caseantiques for sponsoring our #FurnitureFriday series!

This writing desk is the feature for #FurnitureFri…

This week’s #FurnitureFriday is a drying rack with a foot that can be seen in several different pieces throughout the collection. 

Thanks to @caseantiques for sponsoring #FurnitureFriday!

This week’s #FurnitureFriday is a drying rack wi…

Our #FurnitureFriday is a piece most people would be surprised to find at a Shaker village. This Victrola belonged to Sister Josephine Thrall. She was one of the last nine Shakers living in the village when it closed in 1922. Sister Josephine moved to Auburn where she boarded until her death in 1924.

Thank you to Case Antiques for sponsoring #FurnitureFriday!

Our #FurnitureFriday is a piece most people would …

Today we are at the archaeological site of the 1810 Frame Dwelling for #FurnitureFriday. This structure later became the children’s order for the Centre Family. Child’s chairs, much like this one, would have been used in the building. This chair featured today has seen much wear, but still maintains classic South Union features. 

As always thanks to @caseantiques for sponsoring our #FurnitureFriday series!

Today we are at the archaeological site of the 181…

We are back at the @thekymuseum for another #FurnitureFriday! This week we are taking a look at a bureau that has provenance to the first sale the Shakers had in 1920. This bureau is unlike any in the South Union collection. 

Many thanks to @caseantiques for sponsoring #FurnitureFriday!

We are back at the @thekymuseum for another #Furni…

This #FurnitureFriday is another linen press in the typical South Union style. The press is two pieces, a cupboard on a one-drawer table. The Shakers built the pieces to be moved around and used with different bases. 

Thanks to @caseantiques for sponsoring #FurnitureFriday!

This #FurnitureFriday is another linen press in th…

For #FurnitureFriday this week we are back at the @thekymuseum looking at a sewing desk with excellent provenance to South Union. This sewing desk belonged to Angeline Perryman. Her son, John Perryman, was one of the most well-known Trustees in the later years of the village’s history. 

Many thanks to @caseantiques for sponsoring our #FurnitureFriday series!

For #FurnitureFriday this week we are back at the …

Our #FurnitureFriday this week is a cupboard that has been shortened and retains much of its original chrome yellow paint. 

Thanks to @caseantiques for sponsoring #FurnitureFriday!

Our #FurnitureFriday this week is a cupboard that …

#FurnitureFriday this week is a South Union work table that exemplifies what most people think of as “Shaker.” It is a simple two-board table with tapered legs, likely from the 1820s or 1830s. 

Thanks to @caseantiques for sponsoring our #FurnitureFriday series!

#FurnitureFriday this week is a South Union work t…

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