Genuine Reproduction Furniture!
There was actual reproduction furniture there. Like this pair of Formal Federal Tables:
I found this informative label in a drawer:
There were several cellarettes with and without internal dividers. I always thought that cellarettes without dividers were called sugar chests but what do I know?
Then there is this cellarette:
Then you look at the back:
Back in Would Duncan Phyfe have used Masonite® or Luan?, I explained my observations of furniture backs and materials used to make them. Worth a read.
The was something there I had never seen before at this or any other auction:
Getting to the title item of this blog:
I used their picture because I forgot to take one. If I start taking pictures of details up close, I, on occasion, lose track of the fact I didn’t get the master shot. Fortunately, I had theirs to fall back on.
I grabbed the right document box to see how it was made and found it was not coming out. It wasn’t stuck or jammed but restrained. I pulled the left document box and it came out easily with light force. When I saw the back corner of the left box. I realized the right drawer was locked in place.
I pulled the top left drawer and found this:
One problem with this locking system is that you have to pull then knob to lock the drawer as well as unlock it. No automatic locking.
I think it’s remarkable that a maker of reproduction furniture would add a secret compartment. I’m going to keep looking for them in all furniture, old and new.