Hand made early Shaker bench. This is most likely a child's bench seat but was sold as a buggy bench. I do not know but have seen these listed either way although they do not come up for sale often, reproduction ones will be seen but not authentic like this one. All the appropriate layout marks are on this piece as is the wear to be expected on the leg bottoms. The seating material is oak splints as it should be and was on the earlier Shaker seating. The only flaw I see are the missing acorn finales.
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Purchased from a reputable auction house over 20 years ago who purchased in eastern New York State.
Shaker Childs Bench or Buggy Bench