I made one of my rare trips out to look at auction furniture yesterday and saw a machine cut dovetail worth noting. I usually avoid furniture with machine cut dovetails. Machine cut dovetails are largely an early 20th century invention and my interest is in earlier furniture.

These dovetailed drawers are different and the first I recall seeing. It is the vertical, sliding dovetail.

A vertical sliding dovetail.

A vertical sliding dovetail.

And on another drawer.

And on another drawer.

And they come from this secretary with bookcase:

Home of the vertical sliding dovetail.

Home of the vertical sliding dovetail.

More from this set after I make another one of my rare visits to the other local auction house.