Monday, October 5, 2015

1884 Dinner Wagon

Don't be fooled by the title but that was the name given to these Dinning Room pieces. Note the wheels on the bottom. These images and information come from The Furniture Gazette ©1884.

THE Dinner-waggon is a most useful adjunct to the dining-room, although it is not so much required now as it used to be, and for this reason, doubtless, that the modern sideboard is provided with more shelf-room, &c, than formerly; many of the modern designs form a sort of combination dinner-waggon and sideboard. In a small-sized room a piece of furniture of this description is found very convenient. When the dining-room is large enough to conveniently hold a dinner- waggon, space should certainly be spared for one. It should have a prominent position, so as to be seen to advantage. The details, should match the other articles in the room, and notably the sideboard, which latter is necessarily the most important piece of furniture in the apartment.

Figure 74
Fig. 74 shows a dinnerwaggon plain and simple in character, and the design will readily explain itself. We will, however, suggest a few alterations which may be preferred by some of our readers. Instead of the two bottom drawers a cellarette might be substituted, enclosed with a door which could have either a plain or bevelled panel; the pillars are shown turned, but square ones could be used if desired. The ends of bottom part are intended to be enclosed, but could be made open. The square part of uprights would then look better if turned. This is, however, partly a matter of individual taste.

Figure 75
In our second design (Fig- 75) three drawers are shown, with two cupboards below. If it be necessary to reduce the cost the latter could easily be dispensed with, and the space left open. The panel underneath the shelf might either be of wood or silvered glass. The latter would probably prove the more effective method of treatment, or at least that which would find most favour with the majority of customers.

Figure 76
THE construction of our next illustration of dinnerwaggons (Fig. 76), we need hardly say, is more elaborate than that of those figured in our last paper. In order to vary the designs, we have, in this instance, shown the panels, drawers, &c, enriched with inlaid marble.

Figure 77
Unfortunately I didn't find detail information about this last design.

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