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01pwm1116oolby Megan Fitzpatrick
pg. 6

When I was a kid, my mom dragged me to antique malls and furniture auctions on what felt at the time like a daily basis (it was probably four times per year). I would entertain myself on these seemingly interminable occasions by searching the case pieces for hidden drawers and compartments. I’m sure the dealers loved having some snot-nosed kid poking around in their stuff.

I knew early on that the most likely place for hidden drawers was in the center gallery section of a desk or secretary. I could usually tell if there was a “secret” by sticking my hand inside the central cavity to see if the assembly moved at all – a dead giveaway one could pull it out (also a quick way to get the owner to come running). And panels on desktops that slide back to reveal a cavity (sometimes with drawers)? Those, thanks to telltale scratches in the finish on old pieces, were pretty easy to uncover.

It took me a little longer to realize there are often little drawers hidden behind the visible ones on either side of center, and that sometimes the scrollwork on a pigeonhole slides out to reveal a small tray attached behind.

Hollow lopers? A dealer showed me that trickery.

From the November 2016 issue, #228

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