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Hi Michael, Thank You for answering so quickly. I'm in the process of writing a story, and not really looking to buy anything, but my character is supposed to be an expert in antiquities, and since this is a work of fiction, I can do what I please. But I also want to be as accurate as possible. So my character has been hired to find such an object as a desk or cupboard for manuscripts. Could you possibly give me some advise as to what kind of wood and marks, such as hand planed, signs of oxidation and patination, would there have been a veneer on such a a piece? I really would love a hidden, secret place too. Never know what one might find in such a place. If I were in England where might I find super wonderful dealers in this sort of stuff.
Hi Mike, Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX from Ill. History of Furniture, good info from Viking Age too. Glue and woods used very helpful. Any suggestions on my secret compartment located in the cupboard? From the picture it had five shelves, manuscripts were stored flat. Maybe the top decoration which I envision as two panels, a cross in relief and a rosette in a wreath
could conceal my little book which is 5inX3.6 inches. A pocket gospel. Need some kind of lever to open. A puzzle of some kind.
Puzzles are one of my specialties. It doesn't have to be real, just plausible, right?
Will the desk be in the church or monestary, or should it be self contained with the item, as it would have to be if found in a different context from its original location?
Good morning Mike. I think my cupboard is in private hands, going to be sold to another private collector. The monasteries of Lindisfarne and Wearmouth-Jarrow were kind of destroyed by the Vikings in around the 790's. I get to pick an unknown gospel to be hidden away and the missing gospel from the Codex Amiatinus, the Book of Baruch. My characters must find these books before the bad guys. They are worth many millions. As you said, something plausible, hooray for a fertile imagination. Sorry about my Vikings relatives being so naughty, at least they didn't burn down the library of Alexandria. Sob, sob.
Thanks again. Maude