It is said that no one was born a Shaker for the simple reason that Shakers practiced celibacy as a tenet of their faith. But did the same hold true for Shaker furniture, boxes, and baskets? Perhaps not, since it took Shakers to give birth, if you will, to these elegantly plain utilitarian objects. While the Shakers established themselves in the United States in the late-18th century after fleeing religious persecution in England, it was...Continue Reading