Have you ever thought of sharing a rocking chair built for two?
The Shakers knew how. And this weekend the rocking chair will come to town.
The Willis Henry Auction will return to the Hancock Shaker Village on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This year’s auction will deal with pieces from private collections, some begun at least 70 years ago, and principally the second half of the McCue collection. J.J. Gerald and Miriam McCue, world travelers and early Shaker collectors, chose pieces "broadly and with fine attention," said Laura Wolf, director of operations and marketing at the Village. Miriam McCue will come to the village for the day.
The first Willis Henry Auction sold the first half of the McCue Collection here last year, the first time the auction had come to the village. Last year’s auction drew 250 people and grossed $1.2 million, Wolf said.
The price range, she added, varied widely last year, from the low $100s to a $198,000 trestle table -- as the goods may ranged widely this year, from portraits to spools to a candle sconce meant to hang from a peg rail, to substantial furniture.