This is Part 2 of the pictures from a weekend in the Charlottesville, VA area. Looking over the set, I realized that there was a confirmation of something I had been told but never seen.
A while back, I took Chris Schwarz’s boarded chest class. On the last day of the class, he talked about patterns scratched on the front of most boarded chests he’s seen with auction pictures to back up his claim. I, on the other hand, have over a hundred pictures of chests with no patterns scratched on them. Until now.
I found this chest:
With a pattern scratched into the front. Two patterns, actually.
Was Chris right? It’s possible…
I still need more evidence.
Next, the contradictions. While discussing chest with Chuck Bender, I mentioned that tills tend to be on the left. Mr. Bender stated that tills are always on the left. One thing I try to avoid is making any definitive statements about furniture. Not everyone has read the same book. They don’t know they’re wrong.
Here are two chest with tills on the right. The first one not only has a till on the right but it has a secret compartment.
Till is on the right.
The till front lifts off:
The other chest is this painted number:
It too, has the till on the right.
The chest gets extra credit for having snipe hinges:
The conundrums come from a few pieces that defy convention. Like this unconventional bombe chest:
They didn’t read the book either.
Here we see one of two pieces with a veneer other than crotch/flame mahogany.
This is a very late 19th century/very early 20th century server assembled with pocket screws.
Lastly this interesting chair. Not all that special, just interesting:
To see the balance of the pictures, click THIS.