Reader Pete Smithies drew my attention to another exceptionally shallow chest of drawers (figure 1). However, this one has not spent its life on the high seas.
The (approximately 12″ deep) carcase sides are veneered in two narrow, random width leaves (figure 2). Had this been the original depth, the sides would have undoubtedly been veneered with (easily obtainable) single-width leaves, or at the very least, uniform-width bookmatched leaves.
Also, the crossbanding and ebony stringing along the rear of the chest’s top are now gone (figure 3).
It’s an honest enough chest (the description states the chest has been adapted). Reducing the depth of a chest to suit a narrow hall or corridor isn’t an uncommon conversion.
Maritime- and campaign furniture buyers beware!