This cabinet turned up at an consignment auction so we're sorry to report we don't know its original purpose. We suspect it was home made to be a gun cabinet. It's maker was obviously an amateur, using materials at hand. We think it's cosmetic woes add to the charm. We added two interior stationary shelves to make it more useful.
The maker designed a unique locking mechanism that uses a contorted Allen hex wrench as a combination handle and key.