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Old 21 September 2014, 03:56 AM
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Crash The Roentgens' Berlin Secretary Cabinet

I wasn't sure where else to put this, but I wanted to share it.

Amazing. Simply amazing!

One of the finest achievements of European furniture making, this cabinet is the most important product from Abraham (1711--1793) and David Roentgen's (1743--1807) workshop. A writing cabinet crowned with a chiming clock, it features finely designed marquetry panels and elaborate mechanisms that allow for doors and drawers to be opened automatically at the touch of a button. Owned by King Frederick William II, the Berlin cabinet is uniquely remarkable for its ornate decoration, mechanical complexity, and sheer size.

There are other fantastic clockwork mechanisms and furniture on the site as well. It's mind-boggling how all this could have been made 200+ years ago!
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Old 21 September 2014, 11:05 AM
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I'd have to re-read the instruction manual every time I needed a paperclip.
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Old 21 September 2014, 02:44 PM
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I had a similar thought, Em.

But what a beautiful thing! Thank you for posting it, TGG.
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Old 21 September 2014, 05:38 PM
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It's gorgeous, but not only the instruction manual thing, I'd lose everything I owned. I'd never remember where I put stuff. Too many options confuse me.
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