All parts move smoothly & well. Parts appear handmade and inspired by different traditions or styles beyond the place of work or living. The simple lines are evocative of the Shaker tradition, and the tin panels follow Utilitarian and Contemporary inspiration. The Primitive influences seem to be most clear in its functionality and meshing of techniques and styles. Ideal for a country place or wherever you choose!Heirloom of years past and years to come. O Two dovetailed drawers over two lower, hinged doors.
O Provenance known for almost 100 years; it was made long before that! O Currently believed to be a Valley of Virginia piece; or it may be an early Tennessee cupboard.There's much information here about this American Primitive Pie Safe; perhaps there'll be words describing exactly what you were wanting! Enjoy learning more about it!! This piece is an unusual gem with its wonderful lines, original hardware and the attachment of its 4 bun feet.
And with storage and more storage! Photos illustrate only a portion of the excellent traits found in this early Primitive piece. O Origins: Thought to be from northern Shenandoah Valley county: Shenandoah or Rockingham County. Would have been made on area farm. O Maker: Artisan likely native to area.
Gifted worker yet perhaps unskilled in this trade. Portions, however, follow design & craft of someone familiar with more elegant pieces out of Baltimore, Philadelphia or Boston. The sophisticated pieces of elegance would only be seen by this craftsman from afar.
O Woods: Oak with mixed woods. Other woods could be Chestnut, Poplar, Birch, Beech woods and maybe Osage Orange wood. Latter being hard, heavy and available on farms in these Shenandoah Valley counties. O Tin Panels: 4 Original, larger than usual, punched tin panels.O Design: Center of panels feature a five-pointed star surrounded by rosettes. Above & below the star punched tin design is a stylized pattern, suggestive of tulips and leaves. O Base: An unusual feature, this pie safe's base is separate from the rest of the cupboard.
It's sturdy when entire unit's placed on base, which has the four attached bun feet. Note makers variation & the extended base, which all contribute to the uniqueness of this antique pie safe & its early origins.Measurements: Main cupboard sits on a squared-open base. -On base: Pie safe stands 42.25 tall at front. 3 rim at back & sides = 45.25 overall height --Off base: 33 to top edge; Plus 3 rim at back / sides Gallery or Tray Top: 47.75 wide x 19.75 deep (front to back) --Rim: 3 tall. Rims front edges finish in gentle turn, or curve, on each side.
-This curve features a stunning combination of utility and style. -Inside-the-rim dimensions: 44&5/8 wide x 18.75 deep (front to back) Two Drawers (above): Spacious and function nicely. 5.5 tall inside x 21&7/8th wide x 16 deep. O Dovetail and Mortise Joints: Primitive, basic, serviceable in this pieces drawers and other places. Two Doors (below): Two large, open shelves with upper & lower/bottom shelves inside doors.
No door dimensions available at present. O Front & back feet: 4 bun feet o Bun foot: Round foot topped by a squat, inverted foot. Squat foot was flattened slightly on top while wider at bottomon this pie safe theyre inverted. O Bun feet: Considered an early foot style for furniture. The bun feet may help date this pie safe.Note photo (#4) with base & its attached bun feet. Back: Vertical boards, wider than typical, with the board width being over 6. O Rear boards: Not chamfered. O Knot holes: Visible in addition to other small, unnamed, mysterious holes, appearing through the years. Color: Medium brown hues, with some gray tones. O Early finishes vary from place to place on this pie safe. O Tin pieces range from lighter to deeper colors.
Finish: Traces of early finishes & old paint. Worn places: These places come during the years & years of use, vouching for lengthy age and long decades of utilitarian life.O Household staple with its use throughout each day. O More than 100 years, or about 14 decades as photos show. Perhaps theres trace of newer finish work as well? Patina: Vintage/antique pieces acquire the glow of normal, expected patina during years of use.
O Can be put to use right away, after a bit of dusting. Or if you choose, refinishing it is another option--by your doing this or a professional refinisher. Reasonable Offers: Will be considered. Where do I use a pie safe in my home? Typical locations for a pie safe would be in dining rooms, hallways, kitchens or even back porches,'though old dining rooms housed fancier examples, of course!
What do I use a pie safe for? O Protection: Food (pies, cakes, meat) were protected from insects &'tiny, gray four-leggeds' back when these cabinets were most popular, and maybe even from hungry youths eager to sample more from a recent meal!
It can still serve this purpose today, or perhaps for dry goods or typical pantry items. O Storage: Silverware, table cloths, napkins the list goes on! For those little bits of string too short to use.Found pasted on top of a round tin;'twas in estate of my mothers Uncle who set up house-keeping about 1910! PHOTOS: Each illustrates a particular characteristic of this pie safe.
These details provide additional help for reviewing this Shenandoah Valley piece. 1--Primitive Antique Pie Safe on its base with 4 attached bun feet.
Other photos show it directly on the floor without the base/feet. Bun feet are on mover's'trolleys' in this photo. Star & Rosettes on 4 Original, over-sized, punched tin panels. Stylized floral motif above & below.
3--Two matching doors with a brass knob over lower door escutcheons. Note bun feet on original, open platform.4--Pie safe's end view shows excellent example of tin panel's Central Star with Rosettes. >>Silhouette of tray top with its gentle scroll adding a nice completion to each side of the 3-sided tray top. 5--Interior of spacious cupboard with 2 large upper drawers. Color variations of top show daily use of this early piece. 7--Drawer side shows primitive mitered corner. Corners show joint's simple craftsmanship. 8--Rear of Pie Safe, Pie Cupboard. Rear boards are wide ones. 9--Original Escutcheon on each drawer. With tiny egg forms inside raised, surrounding edge. >>Escutcheon overlays the primitively-carved opening for the key.
Wood tones around escutcheons show frequent daily use over at least 130 yrs. Interior lock of drawer (keys are misplaced). Escutcheons on drawers match each other as do both door escutcheons. Drawer & door escutcheons do not match; perhaps due to high cost of these fancier metal fittings. 10--Pie safe with two more views.
It's sitting directly on floor without its base and the attached bun feet. A small portion of the base & one bun foot is seen at the back left in the lower photo. Computer monitors may differ from actual color of pie safe's wood in addition to variance in available light--then & now. A story possibly could be told by wood's color variations. Variations that happened because of where piece sat during its long life.Tucked in a cool pantry with its shuttered window? Being scrubbed with salt every few years? Imagine the stories our story teller would weave into the narrative with these locations!
OWNER & KNOWN PROVENANCE: Direct descendant of long-time Winchester, VA & Frederick County families. Received by me as portion of family estate.-Immediately prior to current familys ownership, a well-known area gentleman privately owned this piece for many years. Ownership before early 1900s is unknown. -This gentleman served as Executive Director of Winchesters Apple Blossom Festival for many decades. -With the owner's 30 years of tenure & more with the Festival, all its celebrities and its storied owner, this pie safe, or pie cupboard, could no doubt tell storiesand plenty of them!
--Born in Jackson, TN, prior owner & Festivals executive director arrived in Winchester with this piece, according to recalled information passed down in my family. Did he bring it from his Jackson, TN family homestead? --Perhaps soon after being settled in Winchester he found this Primitive American pie safeand added it to his other significant, antique furniture pieces. The answers are unknown, as he gave to my mother in the mid-70s, with no stories, or provenance, shared, other than what's written here. PIE SAFE'S LOCATION is Winchester, VA, about an hour and a half (75 m) west of D.
Send reply, and we'll work out details. -Pie safe is too heavy for safe transport in a SUVs rear. -Furniture dolly, bungee cords, blankets or furniture cloths are essentials.O WEIGHT: between 100-125 lbs; however this weight approximation may be too much or too little. Needs strong persons to move this piece safelyfor safety of movers as well as pie safe.
O ARRANGEMENTS: List of possible transportation carriers for antique/vintage pieces may be provided, when available. ++ Excellence & value = my trademarks. Let's work out an appointment for you to see this wonderful heirloom... And take it home with you! The item "Mid/Late 1800s Original American Primitive Pie Safe.
Mixed woods" is in sale since Wednesday, August 28, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Furniture\Cabinets & Cupboards\1800-1899". The seller is "bets415" and is located in Winchester, Virginia. This item can be shipped to United States.