The top shelf which was the smallest held the scones, the middle shelf was perfect for the finger sandwiches and then the bottom shelf which was the widest held the sweets such as tarts, cookies and teacakes. Dumbwaiters were reproduced by American furniture companies during the 1950's. They were desired for their display possibilities for cups and saucers and nicknack for all kinds. Many of these mahogany and maple 3 level stand are in our antique malls and because of a lack of popularity now can be purchased at a very low price. They would be perfect to display for teapots, and cups and saucers.
Dumbwaiters have lots of potential.....a newer trend is to go shabby chic with fresh paint!