There are two auction houses of note in my area. Then there a few more that on most weeks are more like flea markets or items being move from one basement to another. When possible, I visit all the auctions if only online. You never know what might show up.

One of the better auction houses is working hard to become a major player in the high-end auction world. All of its auctions are interesting and worth a visit. The other does what it does but is starting to make itself a more legitimate competitor. I make a weekly trip to visit all its previews. Many weeks I see no need to turn my camera on. Other weeks have many items of interest. Not the fancy high-end estate trophies but really interesting pieces that are unique and worth a look.

This was one of those weeks.

The first piece that caught my eye was this remodeled dresser:

This dresser has had some work done.

This dresser has had some work done.

It probably started life with wooden knobs that were upgraded(?) to bail and rosette pulls:

Not the best patch but time may have degraded it.

Not the best patch but time may have degraded it.

The bone (ivory?) diamond escutcheons have been replaced:

with round

with round escutcheons with a rope design.

Drawers are crudely dovetailed:

with a few ancillary nails.

with a few ancillary nails.

Case is assembled with half-blind dovetails:

They really liked to cut dovetails.

A reasonable layout.

What is interesting to me is the applied molding. Is the molding original or part of the remodel? If it is original, it is the first one I recall seeing.

Applied molding, original or upgrade?

Applied molding, original or upgrade?

The next interesting feature is in two seemingly unrelated chests. Since both are at the same auction, they may be related in way not obvious. Possibly from the same collection.

The first piece is this unique domed chest:

First one I've seen.

First one I’ve seen.

Lid is made from three boards.

Lid is made from three boards.

Lots of profile added to (subtracted from) this board.

Lots of profile added to (subtracted from) this board.

Original escutcheon:

Worn but original.

Worn but original.

The other piece is a conventional mule chest:

Conventional yet attractive mule chest.

Conventional yet attractive mule chest.

Through tenons on the breadboard ends.

Through tenons on the breadboard ends.

I just noticed both chests have a molding around the mid-section.

Some common features:

Dovetailed carcass:

Broad half-blind dovetails on the ends.

Broad half-blind dovetails, pins on the front & back.

Narrower through dovetails, pins on the ends.

Narrower through dovetails, pins on the ends.

Dovetailed bracket feet:

Half-blind dovetails with ogee bracket feet.

Half-blind dovetails with ogee bracket feet.

Taller through dovetails bracket feet with complex profile.

Taller through dovetails bracket feet with complex profile.

Tills:

Shallow, open till on the right.

Shallow open till on the right. Note the lid alignment pins over the till.

Deep covered till in the left.

Deep covered till on the left.

The most unique thing these chests share a unique hinge configuration.

The hinge starts on the outside of carcass.

The hinge starts on the outside of carcass.

And finishes on the inside of the lid.

All it takes is a bend.

All it takes is a bend.

On the mule chest as well.

On the mule chest as well.

I’ve not seen many like it.