What Was This Furniture Piece Used For?

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Q: Help me solve this mystery! Someone handed this piece of furniture down to my boyfriend and ever since we have been trying to figure out what it is! There must be a purpose to these strange compartments on the top. The right side is an open recessed area and the left side is a deep box with a hinged lid. 

One thought for the right side was a baby changing table but I don't think it's wide enough.  One thought for the left side was an ice box but the whole thing is wood and there's no drain or anything.  Is there or was there ever a purpose to this thing or is it just a strange dresser? 

Sent by Micaela

Editor - Anyone recognize what Micaela has and what it was used for?

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