The drawers were constructed in period-correct fashion with through dovetails front and back. The central veneers on the drawer fronts are the more figured stuff from the ends of the leaves of quarter cut veneer I used for the stripy crossbanding elsewhere on the chest and stand. These panels are surrounded by randomly laid featherbanding which, in turn, is bordered by more of the quarter-cut crossbanding (fig.1).
Drawer stops were rubbed onto the inner back edges of the carcases before I nailed the backboards on and boarded over the top of the stand.
The brasses on the original chest-on-stand are later additions (as determined by at least one set of scars and plugged pommel holes), though they are typical of the period (1700). However, as this chest-on-stand hails from the provinces and, as discussed in earlier posts in this series, was made by a cabinetmaker not entirely conversant with the latest fashions and techniques, I tend to believe the original brasses might too, have been a little behind the times.
The solid, un-pierced escutcheons and fish-tail drops (fig. 4) were fashionable between 1670 and – at the very latest – 1700, so they fit the overall picture nicely.