We all are (I am) fascinated by the wonder and majesty of thin pins:


Thin pins are in?

We all (I) need to get over it. It’s just joinery. It might take a bit more patience and/or skill but it is not better or stronger than chunkier less graceful pins. They were just showing off.

Take this desk on stand:

New England Queen Anne Tiger Maple Slant Front Desk on Stand

This lot has sold for $400.

Description: Early 19th century, poplar and white pine secondary, dovetailed case, breadboard slant front lid with lipped edge, having loper supports, interior with pigeon-hole and drawered compartments, three graduated lipped drawers and applied molded trim, on a scalloped skirt stand, with later cabriole legs.

Size: 38 x 39 x 19 in.

Condition: Later legs and glue blocks; surface stains and tight shrinkage cracks to case; breakout and patch to lock; later pulls.


The builder was fond of sliding dovetails.

A minimalist gallery:


No prospect or document boxes, just pigeon holes and drawers.

The gallery drawers show a healthy disdain for the fashionable thin pins:


One tail wonders but they have survived for 200 years. Also note the drawer bottom is nailed on.

The main drawers are equally chunky:


I’ve seen prettier drawer sides but, still, it has lasted for 200 years.

Why should the carcass dovetails be any different?


A certain symmetry to them, no?

And no expense was spared in making of the back of this exceptional desk:


The wall never complained about having to view this collection of unloved boards.

Maybe this desk is more to your liking:

Georgian Miniature Slant Front Desk


This lot has sold for $525. Like a real desk only smaller. And more expensive.

Description: Circa 1800, mahogany, oak secondary, hinged lid with divided and drawer interior having loper supports, over four graduated drawers with bracket foot base.

Size: 8.5 x 8 x 4 in.

Condition: No key; later pulls; insect damage.