I’m down to only 10-12 thousand unposted furniture pictures so I have to get as many posts as I can from what few events I have left. This is the second post from an auction last week. There will be more.
If you’ve been reading for a while, you might have noticed I have a fondness for hidden and secret compartments. I approach any desk thinking there must be one (or more) yet to be found. Not every desk has one but more than you think do.
I saw this Sheraton Cherry Schoolmaster’s Desk (their description):
Lift the lid to see the gallery:
Why is there a blank space under the outer drawers?
Remove the drawer to see what you can see:
An open space, groves and a panel means something must move:
The three center drawers wouldn’t open. They can open, I just couldn’t find the release mechanism. I even unscrewed a loose screw from the top. I grew frustrated and moved on.
I came across the English Campaign Style Desk Top Secretary:
A rather simple interior arrangement:
This is mine or at least one of them.
I noticed something interesting about the hinges on the left door:
There was one thing missing. Most all boxes like this and writing slopes have storage or a release mechanism under the pen tray like this:
I couldn’t find this one either an moved on, again.
All was well until I came to the French/Chinoiserie corner:
I lost the will to go on. I’m not sure why but I was just drained of energy and in deep despair. I walked away a defeated man.
The change in scenery helped. Slowly my energy and will to live came back.
I sought out the Sheraton desk for a second try at opening the three drawers. I looked and felt everywhere. Then I found a hole under the lower drawer. I inserted a finger into the hole and pushed. Success. The drawer came out. There was a wood spring on the bottom the drawer that I had released:
And the slot and hole in the dust panel under the drawer:
And the other drawers as well:
Flush from my success, I went back to the desk top secretary to see if I could find the secret compartment. I pushed and pulled gently for a while. Finally the secretary yielded it’s secret:
Live and learn.