Then there was this piece from local auction:

Georgian Mahogany Collector’s Cabinet on Stand

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This lot has sold for $430. Shame about the later stand.

Description: Early 19th century, pine and poplar secondary, one part form, applied cove molded cornice with dentil molding, hinged panel doors, opening to reveal (20) graduated drawers, on a later custom Chippendale style base.

Size: 54.5 x 35.5 x 20 in.

Condition: Later stand; refinished; lacking operable key.

If one opens the doors on a collectors chest, what does one see?

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Drawers. Twenty graduated drawers.

And if one looks more closely at the drawers, what does one see?

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Dovetails. Twenty graduated drawers with dovetails.

If one looks even more closely at the carcass, what does one see?

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I’m not really sure.

The second drawer position from the top (ninth from the bottom)  has extra dados. Was there an option for shallower drawers or trays?

The other thing I noticed was the drawers bottoms being nailed on and extending beyond the drawer sides becoming a the drawer runners. Not a common arrangement but not rare either. I’ve seen six to eight cabinets with this style drawer although it seems more common in primitive pieces.

Another fascination of mine, as regular readers know, is the back of furniture.  Many furniture makers just nailed on whatever they had lying around the shop. Any wood will do..

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This one is no exception but better than many.

I really like the mover’s inventory stickers left on. Much of our furniture still proudly wears theirs.