It always interests me that often on those rare occasions I go out looking at furniture I will find very similar items. Similar but not the same.

First I found this:

Continental Victorian Burled Sideboard

Description: Circa 1860, choice burl wood veneers, ebonized highlights, oak secondary, three part form, backsplash featuring a central cartouche with relief carved nuts and fruit, mirrored back, base with two upper side by side drawers above two paneled cabinet doors, flanked by rounded cabinet doors, on suppressed bun feet.

Size: 72 x 65 x 23 in.

Condition: Likely later mirror; top with several shrinkage cracks including one long crack; wear and paint loss to ebonized edge highlights, shrinkage crack to left cabinet door panel; other imperfections from age and use.

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This lot has sold for $320.

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Dovetailed drawers mean quality construction.

The French are very fond of the knife hinge.

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The use of knife hinges require some additional clearance in for the back of the door.

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The knife hinge.

And this one has the cutest little bun feet:

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Maybe not so little.

A consignment shop in Raleigh has this similar piece:

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1860 Louis Philippe Mahogany Buffet, France, $3650.

Again, dovetailed drawers:

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A different take on tails but dovetails, nonetheless.

This one has hinged drawers:

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Another use of the knife hinge.

This buffet also has the lock with two bolts used on many pieces of French furniture:

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The centrally located lock has two bolts. One goes low into the right drawer, the other bolt goes high into the mortise on the left drawer.

If any of you know the name of this lock or where I can buy one, please share.

This buffet also has some really great pulls:

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Ebonized pull with mahogany rosette. Very attractive.

Last and by far the least, this poor sad thing found at a mall furniture store:

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Kensington Buffet, Blue Stone Buffet Top. List $2,999. On sale for $1,999.

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Hinged drawers also using the knife hinge. No dovetails.

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Buffet doors use typical butt hinges.

Now vote:

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One.

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Two.

or

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Three.