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I have inherited an old piece of furniture that has been in my family longer than I have. We called it a “buffet”; I have heard similar items called a “sideboard”. It was part of the dining room set bought second- or fifth-hand by my newly-wed parents in 1963. It has drawers, originally for cutlery, silverware, etc.; a long drawer, for table linens; and two side compartments for such things as candlesticks, salt-and-pepper sets, and the like. These side compartments close with swinging doors and spring-loaded ball-bearing (?) latches which engage brass concave plates in the doors. BUT! As long…

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