Notwithstanding my pleas on this blog for help in finding a period brass lock for the bureau’s fall, I have elsewhere been unsuccessful in locating one. The alternatives are not acceptable to me (though I may still make a lock myself).
I refrained from fitting the fall escutcheon simply because, as Sod’s Law would have it; no matter where I placed the escutcheon, it would be infelicitous for the yet-to-be-discovered lock. So, for the time being, the fall must remain somewhat naked.
In spite of wild fluctuations in humidity and temperature over the past week or so, the split in the fall gave no indication it would close up, so I glued a sliver of wood into the gap and had done with it.
So, with the one glaring omission (and an equally obvious amateurish blunder), the bureau is now complete.
Fig. 1. The (virtually) complete ash bureau.
Fig. 2. The fall supported by the lopers.
Fig. 3. Fitted interior.
Fig. 4. Central cupboard.
Fig. 5. Secret drawer.
Fig. 6. Carrying handle.
Fig. 7. Bracket foot.