There was one huge section that was in the American Studies area where they had items that had been acquired by the museum but where not on display yet. Many of these were donated/acquired years ago. I was drawn to the furniture section and here are a few shots of a "de-constructed" chest of drawers showing how it was put together:
One of the things that we lose sight these days is that the original intent of dovetails was to create a strong joint, not necessarily for visual impact or proof of our skills as we do today. Here is the bracket foot for this "de-constructed" chest of drawers. It's mitered and has hidden dovetails for strength, imagine the skill it took to cut and assemble this piece. This isn't apparent if you're just looking at the chest -- all you'd see is a clean, mitered corner. Don't know about you but this would take me some serious time to cut and assemble.
|Bracket Foot with Hidden Dovetail|