You can’t always tell what a piece of furniture is by looking at it. At first. Eventually you’ll figure it out. Sometimes it’s rather obscure, a form you haven’t seen before. Sometimes its use is hidden until you take some action to make it useful.

Two cases in point. The first piece looks like it might be a gaming table or work table of some sort.

Game table?

Game table? Sewing machine?

The you open the top and it becomes something else.

A traveling desk, or so they claim.

A traveling desk, or so they claim.

Up from the depth, the gallery magically appears. Interesting idea.

Another view.

Another view. Not sure what the pins up top are for.

Rising from the basement.

Rising from the basement.

And coming back up.

And going back down. All gone! Almost. 

Somehow this hardware makes it happen.

Somehow this hardware makes it happen.

I’m sure there is more to it but I’ll never know unless I buy it and take it apart.

Then there is this handsome piece:

Not obvious what it is.

Not obvious what it is.

Open it up and discover it is a

Vanity? Or bar? Something with marble.

Vanity? Or bar? Something with marble.

Lifting the lid also shifts the top section forward three or four inches.

For wall clearance I suppose.

For wall clearance I suppose.

With this hardware:

Amazing what you can make with brass.

Amazing what you can make with brass.

And drawers.

The drawer is dovetailed, of course.

The drawer is dovetailed, of course.