Vintage ** AMISH MADE ** Box Jointed CANDLE BOX

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  • Item Category: Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: May 29, 2009
  • Channel: Auction House
This is a rare hardwood candle box that is Amish made. Remains of paper label at one end suggests that the box was made from tool shipping boxes. Corners are square box joints. Bottom is nailed on. Top is a sliding lid with finger groove. Measures 12 1/2 inches across, 5 1/4 inches wide, and 3 1/4 inches deep. Lid slides nicely with some looseness due to wood age shrinkage. Beautiful wood grain.

Amish Information

Total population 227,000 (Old Order Amish)

Founder Jakob Ammann

Regions with significant populations

United States (notably Ohio , Pennsylvania and Indiana )

Canada (notably Ontario )

The various Amish (pronounced AH-mish) or Amish Mennonite church fellowships are Christian religious denominations, and they form a very traditional subgrouping of Mennonite churches. They are often best known for their simple living, plain dress and their resistance to the adoption of many modern conveniences. The history of the Amish church began with a schism in Switzerland within a group of Swiss and Southern German Mennonites, in 1693. The leader of the schismatic faction was a Mennonite Elder named Jakob Ammann. Those who followed Amman became known as Amish, or Amish Mennonites. In the early 18th century, many Amish Mennonites began immigrating to Pennsylvania for a variety of reasons. Today, the most traditional descendants of these Amish Mennonites continue to speak Pennsylvania German (more often referred to as Pennsylvania Dutch), the language spoken by the descendants of Pennsylvania's late 17th and 18th century immigrants. T are also Old Order Amish communities, especially in Indiana , w a dialect of Swiss German predominates. Over the years, t have been numerous divisions among the Amish churches. The 'Old Order' Amish, an ultra-conservative faction that withdrew from fellowship with the wider body of Amish Mennonites in the 1860s, are those that have most emphasized traditional practices and beliefs. As of 2000, over 165,000 Old Order Amish live in Canada and the United States . A new study, produced in 2008, suggests their numbers have increased to 227,000.

Amish church membership begins with baptism, usually between the ages of 16 and 25. It is a requirement for marriage, and once a person has affiliated with the church, she or he must marry within the faith. Church districts average between 20 to 40 families, and worship services are held every other Sunday in a member's home. The district is led by a bishop and several ministers and deacons.

The rules of the church — the Ordnung — must be observed by every member. These rules cover most aspects of day-to-day living, and include prohibitions or limitations on the use of power-line electricity, telephones, and automobiles, as well as regulations on clothing. Many Amish church members may not buy insurance or accept government assistance, such as Social Security. As Anabaptists, Amish church members practice nonresistance and will not perform any type of military service. Members who do not conform to these expectations and who cannot be convinced to repent, are excommunicated. In addition to excommunication, members may be shunned — a practice that limits social contacts in order to shame the wayward member into returning to the church. During adolescence (called rumspringa or "running around" in some communities), nonconforming behavior that would result in the shunning of an adult who had made the permanent commitment of baptism may meet with a certain degree of forbearance.

It could be said that, to an extent, many Amish church groups seek to maintain a degree of separation from the non-Amish world. T is generally a heavy emphasis on church and family relationships. They typically operate their own one-room schools, and discontinue formal education at grade eight. They value a rural life, w a large family provides an abundance of manual labor. Due to intermarriage among this relatively small population, higher incidences of certain inheritable diseases have been...