Picture This CXXXIX

I previously mentioned Hepplewhite’s (circa 1787) design for full extension wooden drawer slides. Tomorrow, November the 13th, Christies are auctioning a circa 1765 dressing commode with full extension wooden drawer slides in their London rooms. The commode, lot 217, is attributed to the London cabinetmaker William Gomm and carries a pre-sale estimate of GBP 50,000 – GBP 80,000 (AUD 93,844 – AUD 150,150; USD 64,000 – USD 102,400).

George III mahogany serpentine dressing commode, circa 1765. (Christie’s)


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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8 Responses to Picture This CXXXIX

  1. Bob Barnett says:

    Interesting first time I have ever seen this. If you could be so kind please explain how this worked.


  2. Joe M says:

    So….I guess your bidding!😁


  3. David Andrew says:

    It looks like the slide is housed/dovetail housed into the drawer side, either that or the sides are built up with thin stuff to half the slide thickness. The thing I can’t understand is why the slide is not rigidly fixed to the interior of the carcass in the Gomm chest, rather it pulls out with the drawer, presumably until it hits the stop. Would not the slide break with a heavy drawer (inc. mirror) when it was pulled all the way out ?



    • Jack Plane says:

      There wouldn’t be much benefit from the slides being rigidly fixed to the carcase (think late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century chests).

      The slides, though slender, are quite high and their beam therefore makes them resistant to bending in the vertical plane.


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  4. Eric R says:

    This is chewing gum and parking meter money to you Jack!


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