Every so often I come across a real head scratcher. A piece that defies convention and makes me ask: “What were they thinking?” You wonder if they weren’t sure of “the way things are done”. An original thinker that came up with a unique style. Or perhaps just a contrarian that intentionally does something for the sake of doing something different. It all comes down to intent.

I found this press(?) at an antiques shop in Gibsonville, NC. The shop is just down the street from the Hardwood Store so, I visit it quite often.

The piece:

None like it at Ashley Furniture.

None like it at Ashley Furniture.

The hinge gudgeons are applied:

Not your father's pintle hinge.

Not your father’s pintle hinge.

The doors are actually panel in frame in frame:

Raised panel to the inside.

Raised panel to the inside. Looks like normal rail and style

Frames are mitered on the show side,

Door frames are mitered on the show side.

Drawer dividers are fitted into the shelves:

Held in place with through tenons.

Held in place with through tenons.

And thy had a different take on inlay:

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Flowers and vine in monochrome?

I also liked this armoire:

Nicely proportioned armoire.

Nicely proportioned armoire.

Great molding profile:

No curves allowed

No curves allowed

And turned feet:

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Lots going on in this armoire:

Haven't seen another one like it. Not antique but definitely vintage.

Haven’t seen another one like it. Not antique but definitely vintage.

Finally, a small bedroom appliance:

Not proper bedchamber should be without one.

No proper bedchamber should be without one.

With its snipe hinges:

Snipe hinges need no mortise.

Snipe hinges need no mortise.

To see more pictures of these and other delightful oddities, click HERE.