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.
20th century design specialist and general valuer
Tennants Auctioneers, Leyburn, North Yorks