It just doesn’t really matter.

At the recent auction I saw and was mildly amused by this:

Primitive New England Hanging Cupboard


This lot has sold for $260.

Description: Late 19th century, white pine, distressed green painted surface, hinged paneled doors with shelved interior, over two drawers.

Not really that interesting a piece. Out of force of habit, I looked at the drawer construction and it became more interesting. But only slightly:


A drawer with a split personality.

The front dovetails are the then trendy thin pins. Looks to be around 1:6 or 9°. Or so. Fairly consistent leading me to think they were highly skilled or used some form of gauge.

The rear dovetails are fewer and coarser with the fairly extreme 1:2.4 or 30°. Darn near vulture tails in miniature.

Makes one wonder. Front dovetails as a means to show the skill of the maker and the rear pins more utilitarian? Putting the effort where it can be seen by prospective customers. Front pins made by the more skilled and rear pins by the lesser skilled, a division of labor?

It is fairly common for the drawer bottom to extend out the back of the drawer to become the back drawer stop.

I liked the turned knob and molding:


Nice touches on a simple cabinet.

Dovetail angles. It doesn’t really matter, does it? Still, one can cogitate…