A William & Mary style walnut glazed display cabinet with astragal doors supported on a 6 drawer base with carved front legs
fall front. Furniture with a hinged flap, usually associated with desks and secretaires, that opens or 'falls' to provide a flat writing surface. The flap may be supported by chains or brass quadrants and rest on wooden supports or runners, known as lopers, that pull out from a recess in either side of the piece. The interior of a fall-front desk is usually fitted with small drawers and pigeonholes.
astragal. Strictly speaking, a piece of thin moulding around the top or bottom of columns. In cabinetwork, it commonly describes a moulding on a two-door cabinet or bookcase to cover the gap when the doors are closed. The astragal is usually attached to the inner stile of the left-hand door (or the right hand as you look at it). More commonly in Australia, the term is also used to describe the glazing bars that divide the glass in a cabinet into sections.
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