Although Shaker Boxes and Carriers are mainly decorative today, they were originally a working box. The Shakers used them for storying kitchen ingredients to shop supplies. They were economical to build and they stored easily as you could nest a whole set in the space of the largest box.
An identifying characteristic of Shaker oval boxes is the "fingers" sometimes called swallowtails, or lappers. It is believed that the fingers pointed to the right on the boxes to signify the Shaker's pursuit of rightness and heavenly perfection.
The "fingers" were not added for beauty but for function. The design allows the wood to move during temperature and humidity changes without causing the wood to split. Following in the traditional Shaker practice of not wasting, we have turned our smaller pieces into functional bookmarks. Why don't you order your own supply as a unique gift or motivational tool for all your employees?
Shakers splintered from a Quaker community when James Wardley absorbed the teachings of the millenial French Prophets. Originally called the Shaking Quakers, they were viewed as radicals because of what was considered occult communion with the spirits of the dead. The name, Shaker, derives from impassioned shaking that would occur at their services and was used to mock their worship. The original and proper name of the Shakers is the United Society of Believers In Christ’s Second Appearing.
One of the first Shaking Quakers was Ann Lee. During a long imprisonment for her religious beliefs, she had a revelation that she was the Second Coming of Christ, the vital female component of God the Father-Mother. Renaming herself"Mother" Ann, she became the official leader of the Shakers in 1772.
The Shakers did not rely heavily on written doctrines. Instead, they preferred first-person religious experiences. The Bible and other spiritual books were used only for guidance as personal experience and individual revelation was considered more important.
The Shakers were known for their unusual living arrangement where men occupied one side of the house and women the other. Called"family dwellings" strict laws of chastity kept the two sexes apart. With this belief in total celibacy, the Shakers continued their population by legally taking in orphans and by converting others.
Today, the last remaining Shakers reside at Sabbath Day Lake, Maine. At the height of the Shaker movement between 1830 and 1840, there were 6,000 Shakers.
The "fingers," sometimes called swallowtails, or lappers were not added for beauty but for function. The design allows the wood to move during temperature and humidity changes without causing the wood to split. Following in the traditional Shaker practice of not wasting, we have turned our smaller pieces into functional bookmarks. Why don't you order your own supply as a unique gift or motivational tool for all your employees?