Just because I have written a blog on a subject doesn’t mean I suddenly stop finding things of the blog. They’re out there and I keep finding them. Lacking any adult supervision, I can, if I so choose, share some of the more interesting of these finds. I so choose.

Following up on More Work Than Necessary is this diminutive chest:


It’s diminutive.

That blog was about doing work that wasn’t required such as joining a case with half-blind dovetails in situations where the pristine area is then covered with a crown molding. Like this:


Here you see the diminutive half-blind dovetails covered by the diminutive crown molding.

Nice work but they could have just as easily done through dovetails. It’s under the molding, the end grain of the tails would never be seen.

Sidelocks Not of the Religious Variety dealt with chests locked by a hinged rail the runs up the side of a carcass that when closed and locked physically keeps the drawers from opening. A recent discovery is this one:


Looks like a pale variation of a sidelocked chest.


The sidelock open.


Gratuitous close up view of the sidelock.

Every sidelock I’ve seen has been on the right except for the rare example that were sidelocked on both sides.

The drawers were constructed with Knapp joints meaning it was most likely built between 1890 and 1900. No dovetails.

I just found this diminutive sidelocked chest:


Like a chest only diminutive.


Open the sidelock and liberate the drawer.


The diminutive drawer has diminutive tails and pins.

Locking a chest this side confuses me. It is very portble. It here are things of value with, it’s gone.

In It’s Gone Commercial, I lamented the fact that Steam Punk has gone corporate or at least now being built by MFA’s. Here are two recently found examples of Steam Punk:


Big, Steam Punk Plus?


It doesn’t make any more sense head on.


Might be the waste of a perfectly good camera for which there is no source of film. Unless it takes 120/220 film.

Finally, I celebrated a misunderstood category of seating in Corner Chairs. Or Are They?  My relentless search for this obscure chair has rewarded me richly with rare images of this underappreciated decorative arts form. I will present them to you in increasing levels of sophistication:


The most basic turned and woven corner chair.


A ladder back with more sophisticated turnings.


Here is a pair of English barley twist corner chairs.


This gem looks like it could be from the venerated Bombay Company.


Moving up in sophistication we come to this classic tiger oak round barrel back corner chair.


With its carved, pierced splats, cabriole legs, ball and claw feet and turned X stretchers, this chair screams sophistication.


The decorated top rail and superior fabric selection makes this chair even more sophisticated.

I looked through page after page of corner chair pictures to search in vain for the precise terminology to describe the decorated top rail on the above chair. If you know it, please share.


But the most sophisticated of the lot was this 1800’s ornately carved Black Forest figural corner parlor chair. The celadon moire taffeta fabric sells it. Only $2,695 for the pair.

Yes, you read it right. There are two of these available!