A wonderful early example of a Shaker can label. There is an example of this same label in the Library Collections of Shaker Hancock Village in Pittsfield, MA. Their Guide to Printed Shaker Ephemera in their collection describes this label as follows:
"WATERVLIET, NEW YORK
Watervliet, NY, was organized in 1787 and dissolved in 1938. It had 4 Families: Church (First Order), West (Second Order), North or Second F., and South (Gathering Order).....
Lima Beans/ Henry George,/ Shakers, N. Y./ Wm. Everdell’s Sons, Printers, 104 Fulton Street, N. Y. / 070 This large tricolor label, black text on orange-pink background, image in green of lima beans in the center, on light beige background, 4 1/4" x 12", must have been produced in Watervliet, N. Y., see below. Call # 9785.A4 M928, ID 3225, yellow dot
[Br. Henry George, l846-1917, born in England, emigrated in 1869, of Watervliet, N. Y., was listed as a laborer and farmer. Based on the fact that his name is prominent in the label, he presumably was a Farm Deacon or a Trustee there. He went to Mt. Lebanon in 1889; a member of the Church F.’s 2nd Order in 1889, he was a Farm Deacon; he lived in the 1st Order in 1896.]"
CONDITION is good with an old repair (no over-paint), you can see evidence of two small rectangles of tape in the pictures. Nicely framed in a wooden frame with gold detail that bears the label of a Burlington, VT frame shop on the back dust cover. The piece overall (including frame) measures 8 1/16" x 15 5/8", with the label itself measuring 4 1/8" x 12".
These old Shaker labels are very difficult to find, avidly collected, and not many of them survived in any condition. This particular piece has an exceptionally appealing graphic of beans and vines, really lovely, and a wonderful addition to a collection. Enjoy!
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