I've seen rolltop breadboxes before, but never an object like this, where the drawer operates the rolltop:
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These appear to also be called Tambour-topped boxes and go back some time as a woodworking skill demonstration. You can buy one for $60 on Etsy and I also found are really high-end $800 custom order piece. There are more woodworking site instructions than pieces for sale.How to Make a Tambour-topped Box - Rockler ;; www.rockler.com/https://www.rockler.com/learn/tambour-topped-boxTambour-topped Box - Google Search ;; www.google.com/https://www.google.com/search?safe=active&sxsrf=ALeKk0277h-dtuAevSYZY0JiqlgyZWTiTg:1621101435945&source=univ&tbm=isch&q=Tambour-topped+Box&client=firefox-b-1-d&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjpu--5oczwAhVQvJ4KHXsuCrgQ7Al6BAgFEEw&biw=1249&bih=946Roll Top Box | Etsy ;; www.etsy.com/https://www.etsy.com/listing/943739804/roll-top-box?gpla=1&gao=1&&utm_custom1=_k_Cj0KCQjw4v2EBhCtARIsACan3nzJWhkr06mjEtrm48LZjmKn9_-9zw9UMfq8Y4iMleqsVmqb08dVWnAaAiiBEALw_wcB_k_&utm_custom2=1844178629Buy Custom Tambour Topped Jewelry Box, made to order from jcscustomcreatons | CustomMade.com ;; www.custommade.com/https://www.custommade.com/tambour-topped-jewelry-box/by/jcscustomcreations/Victorian oak roll-top stationery box. By pulling out the drawer, the top rolls back and reveals the day, date and mon… | Stationery box, Vintage box, Antique boxes ;; www.pinterest.com/https://www.pinterest.com/pin/victorian-oak-rolltop-stationery-box-by-pulling-out-the-drawer-the-top-rolls-back-and-reveals-the-day-date-and-mon--696580267336610296/
When I was growing up my grandfather had a rolltop desk just like this (with the pull mechanism of course). I was very impressed with it at the time, but you never see those any more. As my desk gets messier and messier, it seems like such a good idea.
I’m a lapsed industrial designer. I was born in NYC and figured I’d die there, but a few years ago I abandoned New York to live on a farm in the countryside with my wife. We have six dogs.
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