Picture This CXXXVI

Further to the walnut secretaire chest-on-chest in Picture This CXXX, this secretaire chest-on-chest recently caught my eye.

Fig. 1. George II oak secretaire chest-on-chest, circa 1750.

I previously mentioned early secretaire drawer fronts were commonly secured with simple iron hooks and eyes – as in this case. The shaped secretaire drawer sides are also more typical (figure 2).

Fig. 2. Secretaire drawer interior.

The iron quadrant stays in this example are period-correct too; however, they don’t normally retract centrally within the drawer sides.

Note the moulded drawer edges (figure 3) which ostensibly look like the lipped edges that were popular between 1730 and 1760 (figure 4).

Fig. 3. Moulded drawer edges.

Fig. 4. Moulded and lipped drawer edges, circa 1760.

Jack Plane


About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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5 Responses to Picture This CXXXVI

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  2. Warwick says:

    Its lovely. It’d look fantastic sitting alongside my George II oak chest with the same moulded drawer fronts.

    The whole chest looks pretty pukka, except for the feet which look like replacements to me, and the handles which have obviously been rosette and bail pulls previously.

    Thanks for posting it.



  3. Toby Cole says:

    Drawer bottoms in figure 4 have been reworked?
    Drawer bottom in figure 3 is original except for the runners on the bottom?


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