The Mouseman oak blanket chest sold at Sheffield Auction Gallery for £12,000, showing the Robert Thompson mouse design carved in recess fashion.

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Recessed mice are used particularly on larger pieces like wardrobes.

The mouse is determined by the piece of wood you are using/cutting back from; on a chair leg the mouse is thinner and smaller than a much larger table leg.

On that beautiful blanket box you would have wasted a lot of oak to have a protruding mouse – not cost effective.

Diane Sinnott

20th century design specialist and general valuer

Tennants Auctioneers, Leyburn, North Yorks