I recently came across this early eighteenth-century walnut chest of drawers. It’s of fairly standard form, though the handles are replacements and the base moulding and feet appear to have been added during the third quarter of the century – a common enough modification.
The back of the chest, however, reveals a couple of unusual details (figs. 2 & 3).
The bracket feet and tongue-and-groove backboards are obvious later additions, but closer inspection of the carcase shows an unusual method of closing the backboards’ rebate in its back edges (fig. 3).
The upper rear corners of this chest are mitred where the rebates meet: Figure 4 shows the more common method of addressing the rebates’ juncture.
And if that veneer isn’t 7/32″ (5.6mm) thick, I’m not an Irishman!
Jack Plane (an Irishman of some infamy)