I scored this cool old cabinet about a year ago. The plan was to clean it up a bit and list it for sale. I purchased in through an online auction as part of a garage cleanout. It’s very heavy as it is made of solid oak.
I finally got around to starting today. My first step was to remove a piece of hardboard that someone had applied to the top. I couldn’t get past an out of square back so I removed it. That’s when I got quite a shock. The out of square back hid what turns out to be a fascinating feature of this cabinet.
There was what appears to me a display shelf built in this side opposite the drawers. If you look closely at the picture on the right you will see angled notches with a couple of blocks fitted into the notches. I am guessing these would support adjustable shelves. This explained what I had first thought was a false back which you can see in the picture below.Removing the hardboard back also reveled a maker’s tag. I’ve not yet learned anything about the maker, but the tag is cool.This is a really nice piece of furniture. I wish I knew it’s original use, but at least the out of square back bothered me enough that I got to find this hidden surprise. There is excitement in finding the unexpected.
It will require some more work, but I may not be the one to do it. While trying to determine some info on the maker I sent pictures to a dealer. He in turn wanted to know if it was for sale.