An intricate tool cabinet filled with woodworking tools has recently gone up for sale through the M.S. Rau Antiques company in New Orleans.
The cabinet bears some thematic similarity to the famed H.O. Studley tool cabinet in that it seeks to display a stunning array of woodworking tools in a visual, multi-layered composition. I’ve asked the antique dealer for some more information on the provenance of the cabinet, but until we have more information, all we have are these photographs and description to study.
Unlike the Studley cabinet, this collection appears to be more suited to a cabinetmaker than a piano maker or organ maker. This cabinet includes some joinery planes, turning tools, mortise chisels and other tools not included in the Studley cabinet.
The tools in this recently listed cabinet also appear more modern than Studley’s. The handsaw and several of the other tools are clearly of a much later vintage.
I’ll post more information and analysis as it becomes available.
— Christopher Schwarz