I had a chance to take some pictures at an auction preview, something I don’t do every day. (Three days a week at most.) I saw a few more things that I thought I would mention before I get to the auction as a whole. The first is a unique patch or repair that really doesn’t seem to be a patch or repair. The back of a secretary was primarily made from long boards except for this one section.

Secretary back. Click to see enlarged area.

Secretary back. Click to see enlarged area.

And they put a bead on all the boards.

Interior view. Beaded boards. All of them. Click to enlarge.

Interior view. Beaded boards. All of them. Click to enlarge.

Then there is the wiring on the back of this display case from an upcoming auction.

Period wiring. I'm just not sure which period.

Period wiring. I’m just not sure which period.

Last but not least is the till in this mule chest. A mule chest is a chest that is wider than it is high with a hinged lid and a drawer or drawers across the bottom. This chest has a lidded till on the left. This seems to be the most common configuration. What is unique about this till is the secret compartment beneath the till. The secret till is fairly common, the front wall lifts off revealing another till below the obvious till. What makes this uncommon is the front wall being captive and only lifting up a few inches revealing the lower till.

The common till. Lidded and on the left as one would expect.

The common till. Lidded and on the left as one would expect.

The front wall of the till lifts up but not out. Below is the "secret till".

The front wall of the till lifts up but not out. Below is the “secret till”.

Now back to uploading the rest of the auction. DSL is less than ideal.