A George III Mahogany Three Tier Dumb Waiter
Period: 18th century
A George III, three tier dumb waiter. Made from Cuban mahogany, the dumb waiter has three graduating trays that measure 15″, 19″ and 23″ wide. It stands on a bold splay base with pad feet. It is a good colour and there are no cracks to the trays.
Dumb waiters are named as they would be stood in the corner of the dining room and at the end of the evening the staff would leave and guests would help themselves to cheeses and sweet treats from the stocked dumb waiter. As was normal at the end of a society dinner party they would gossip about the latest scandals but be safe in the knowledge that the waiter wouldn’t repeat their stories. Hence the term “dumb waiter”.