Look at enough furniture and you can see some very unusual things. Some things that you would not expect but make sense if only sort of and in context. Like this desk:

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It’s a desk. Says so on the price tag.

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With a fold-out writing surface.

Odd mix of hardware.

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Drop pulls on the doors. There are fans of drop pulls amongst you and this is a chance to show some non-Victorian drop pulls.

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Chippendale pulls and escutcheons.

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This desk has character in that not all things are perfectly aligned.

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My finely honed instincts lead me to believe these might not be the original pulls.

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Lots of storage on top.

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Drawers and shelves in the center.

Unique doors.

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Very shallow chamfer on the door panel. Unusual for a chamfer to extend to over 1/3 of the panel width.

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Dovetailed drawers proving this desk is very old and of the highest quality.

Now it gets interesting. (Finally!)

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Pigeonholes in the left compartment.

The interesting part.

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The door stop is a part of a folding rule that Sam*, the apprentice, has ruined. Cleverly, the screws are not inline minimizing the chance of splitting. The astute among you (with much knowledge and too much time) can probably discern which rule it’s from.

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The right compartment might or might not have been pigeon holes with missing parts. Might have been vertical file storage. Here the vertical in continuous while on the left, the horizontal are continuous.

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But one common element is the use of a bit of Sam’s broken rule as a door stop with offset screws.

This shop was also the home of:

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The Roorkhee stool, or something like it.

and

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The metal Windsor chairs.