On my last visit to Hancock Shaker Village I took some quick photos and measured this little hanging cabinet from their collection. This cabinet is probably familiar to you, it is in many books on Shaker furniture and is one of HSV’s more famous pieces. It is simply made in white pine, all nailed construction but not just thrown together. Like most Shaker pieces, thought went in to it’s construction and appearance. The proportions are excellent and built in the manner of other hanging cabinets I have seen. Everything ties to the back board so that the top and bottom boards which are nailed into end grain (very weak) are not really supporting much more than their own weight.
I have even wondered if this little cabinet is not somehow connected to Isaac N. Youngs. It is made in the exact manner of his 1840 style clock cases, down to the same type of nails he used. He was well known for signing or at least initialing his work but no signature of any kind is present on the cabinet.
Anyway, below are some photos of the cabinets details that are not in the books. Also, a measured drawing I made including a tracing of the pediment profile.
Below are the drawings I made at Hancock this past spring. Save them to your computer, you will be able to zoom in and decipher my chicken scratch more easily!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!
Addendum: Russ Hammond of Brisbane, Australia took the above sketch and made a much better version. The dimensions are metric. Thanks Russ!