Antiques addicts on a budget scope out boxes made by the Hersey family, who settled in Hingham, Masssachusetts, in the 17th century. The boxes, recognized by their opposing fingers and mistakenly referred to as Harvard Shaker boxes, offer the best bang for the buck, says Schorsch. Shown here is a nest of four miniature oval boxes that fit in the palm of a hand. The opposing fingers point to maker Samuel Hersey (1783–1876). The largest box is labeled with the maker’s name.
For promising new vintages, tap into the Hancock Shaker Village Web site (hancockshakervillage.org), where you can scoop up a six-stack of delicious cherry boxes for $350.