A few blogs I stated that I didn’t see many dovetail failures. They fail, I just don’t see them. If they fail dramatically, they are called kindling. Or they have been repaired.
I saw a genuine dovetail failure at the quarterly catalog auction preview today. It is subtle and not a catastrophic failure, but a failure none the less.
It is from this 18th century Chippendale inlaid chest on chest:
Here is the failure:
The drawer front has cupped putting a great deal of force causing two pins to fail. Yet the joint is holding together.
Failure is always on option, really.
And here are the rest of the images of this chest on chest.
And a view of the upper molding.
In the past few months, I have been documenting the upper moldings of case pieces. I find it interesting. Let me know if you don’t.