Nice pictures! Love to see the details of the old pieces!
FWIW, I didn't mean that riving was peculiar to Philly. It was done there. It may well have been done elsewhere. My sense is it may not have been cabinetmakers doing the riving. I think they were using roof shingles as drawer components. The parts look and smell like roof shingles (except the long backs of wide chests). In one case, one Philly builder used a used roof shingle (with a nail hole in it) for a drawer bottom. When one considers the effort of preparing thin stock (presuming they didn't buy 3/8" stock from a saw mill), using found items seems to make infinitely more sense.jacon4 said:Hmmmmm, nooooo, I dont think so. Because of the riven oak secondary which was peculiar to the Philly area as Adam points out, PA seems likely as place of origin. The notch? Not a clue what it was.