A battle hardened furniture vet like shouldn’t be surprised. I’ve seen it all. Done it all. Been exposed to things that would break the average furniture enthusiast. Then it happens, I see something that I’ve never seen before. This happened last Friday at the large outdoor antiques festival. I saw something that made me stop and say “That’s different.” Three times.
The first is a hinge that is a combination pintle and snipe (cotter pin) hinge. It was on this piece. It is a semi-authentic 17th century Italian corner cabinet. The antique frame and door were grafted onto a replacement back and sides. The corner cabinet was from a local castle. The work was done by a local vintage craftsman. (In his picture, he didn’t look old enough to be antique.) All this information came from the dealer. She seemed sincere. And she had pictures.
How to describe the hinge? Take a cotter pin with a short pin in the loop. Drive it into the frame with the pin pointing up. Drive the other cotter pin into the door so that the loop of the cotter pin rides on the pin in the frame. Like this:
The next is another pintle hinge variant. On a typical pintle hinge, there is a pin on the frame that supports the loop on the door. As above. This cabinet had the reverse, a loop on the carcass onto which the pins on the doors hang.
The hinges look something like this:
I like the handle as well.
And finally, dovetails from another person that forgot to read the book. I’m pretty sure they did this one pins first. Can’t be sure how they transferred the pins.
A dovetailed bench!
And another view:
Here is my bonus oddity, a first generation Workmate®.