May of 2014, I visited my favorite consignment/antiques shop in Raleigh. I stop in there every time I make the trip. Usually at least once a month. Being a consignment shop, they have really good turnover of inventory. Always something new to see. This day they had a good assortment of unusual and unique piece including two desks with some age and secured storage areas. I wouldn’t call them secret in that they are obvious (to me) and both are on the surface and easily accessible. More out of sight. First one is in this handsome, carved slant top:

Not new.

Not new.

First thing of interest is that the lopers (supports for the desk top) are drawers and not boards as is usually the case.

Drawers for lopers, unusual but it's done.

Drawers for lopers, unusual but it’s done. Not dovetailed.

Then you notice the dead space between the lopers where there should be a drawer.

There's no drawer here.

There’s no drawer here.

Here is the view of the gallery:

No secret compartment behind the gallery.

No secret compartments behind the gallery. Drawers are all full depth.

But when you look closely at the floor of the gallery,, you see that the center board slides to the back.

A loose board, what do you know?

A loose board, what do you know?

There is storage where the drawer should be. It is secured when the slant top is locked. Not secret but not obvious.

This desk uses the same technique but is a bit more obvious:

Again, no drawer between the lopers.

Again, no drawer between the more conventional lopers.

When you look at the gallery, it is more obvious that the floor slides back.

The thumb catch gives it away.

The thumb catch and molding gives it away. Click for a better view.

There is more access in this desk. The larger slide helps.

Easier but more visible.

Easier but more visible.

These were most likely just some a quick place to hide your works in progress.

Lots of other things to see in this set.

Did you know Kreg did not invent the pocket screw?

Pocket screws have been around for quite some time. Well over 5 years.

Pocket screws have been around for quite some time. Well over 5 years.

And there is a server with my favorite lock. The centrally located lock that locks two drawers. Nothing if not cost-effective.

It's typically French but I like i

It’s typically French but I like it.

If anybody knows the name of this lock or knows where one can be purchased, do let me know.

To see more pictures of these desks and others, just click this WORD.