Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Dumbwaiter







The Dumbwaiter was popular in the Victorian Era for tea time service.


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!

6 comments:

Linda said...

I have wanted one of these ever since I saw one in a tea room, but didn't know they were called dumbwaiters! Thanks for that tidbit of info.

Angela McRae said...

This is like Antiques Roadshow, since I've now learned the names of two pieces of tea-related furniture!

ellen b. said...

I'm enjoying the history and explanations of the tea items you've shown us the last couple posts! We were antiquing this last Sunday after church and I saw a piece like this...

Gina said...

I just love this Bernideen. I will have to keep my eye out for one. It's so pretty with all the teapots and cups and saucers on it.

Cottage Rose said...

Hello Bernideen; I love that table, it is so pretty. I am going to have to keep my eyes open for one. My tea pots would look great on one, oh and the food on this one look so yummy.

Hugs;
Alaura

Storybook Woods said...

Bernideen, that dumb waiter is just a beautiful one. Sadly around here they are rare and expensive. Clarice