Marvelous 18th century secretary cabinet

Please enjoy this video of my new writing desk with its hidden compartments, clockwork mechanisms, chimes, inkwell, and sand sifter. It was built in the workshop of Abraham and David Roentgen during the 18th century and previously owned by King Frederick William II. OK, fine, it's not mine. But it will be. Someday. SOMEDAY! (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, thanks Bob Pescovitz!)

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  1. That doesn't look nearly big enough to put a secretary in.

  2. I can't find my checkbook half the time in my current desk. I'd never find it in this one. But, I'd have fun looking.

  3. You fool, you gotta chop them up and put each piece in one of the thousand different cubby holes.

  4. Crap, I would ne'er get anything done.

  5. The firewalls on those old Roentgens are terrible, though. After a couple of months, the easel gets all jammed up with pamphlets that say EXPANDE YOURE PENYS! in 72pt gothic type, and the secret compartments inexplicably disappear all your stuff.

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