Learn about Dumb Waiter

There are two distinct furniture forms known as a dumb waiter. The Georgian version consisted of three revolving circular trays attached to a central pedestal column, usually on a tripod base. It was used for holding plates and tea cups in the drawing-room. Generally made from mahogany, some varieties were contrived so that the trays were collapsible. In the later 19th century the term was applied to a two or three tiered form, with turned legs and supports, used for dishes and crockery in the dining room. Of intrigue, is the nineteenth century metamorphic 'rise-and-fall' dumb waiter, in which the three tiers converge and convert the item to a side table by means of telescopic arms and counterbalanced weights. Many Australian examples survive in cedar, blackwood and pine. Its descendant is the small tray mobile beloved of tea ladies and hostesses.

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George III drop leaf dumb waiter, with revolving shelves, 68 cm diameter, 146 cm high

A dumb waiter, Australian cedar with fine turnings, Melbourne origin, circa 1865, 120 cm high, 107 cm wide, 43 cm deep

Antique William IV mahogany three tiered dumb waiter of small scale design, turned fluted supports, all raised on bun feet, Provenance Ex Leo Schofield collection Tasmania approx 94 cm high, 85 cm wide, 42 cm deep

Finest quality Victorian mahogany dumb waiter with two fitted drawers and turned and carved supports

A fine Henri II walnut servery, late 19th century, with an arched broken pediment, pomegranate crest and finials above a shelf and turned supports to a mottled marble top, with plate rack, three relief carved frieze drawers above a richly carved cupboard w

A Victorian cedar dumb waiter, 1880s, the three tiers with low three-quarter galleries, on turned supports with brass caps and porcelain castors. Height 108 cm. Width 104 cm. Depth 40 cm.

A two door one drawer oak dumb waiter with marble top and splashback, height 73 cm, width 62 cm, 46 cm deep

Antique 19th century three tiered dumb waiter, bobbin turn column support, approx 140 cm high, 71 cm dia

A fine George III mahogany two tier dumb waiter, circa 1,800, with neoclassical styling the waiter with two graduated tiers on a reeded and turned column to a cabriole tripod base with a reeded motif to the hips and terminating in pad feet. Height 81 cm. D

A French walnut rectangular servery fitted with two drawers. 96 cm high, 140 cm wide, 52 cm deep

A cedar four tier dumb waiter, 19th century, 175 cm high, 121 cm wide, 46 cm deep

A Victorian mahogany dumb waiter, second half 19th century, a three tiered dumb waiter having ball finials, each tier with a three quarter low gallery and turned baluster supports, and raised upon short baluster legs with porcelain casters. Height 123 cm.

A Victorian mahogany dumb waiter, late 19th century, with three tiers and a pierced arching foliate gallery with knopped side supports with ball finials, raised on toupie feet with brass caps and porcelain casters. Height 124 cm. Width 121 cm. Depth 49 cm

A Victorian mahogany dumb waiter, 19th century, in rich deep tones, having a low elongated oval back with a carved frame and crest above a deep shelf, supported on knopped supports relief carved with quatrefoils and gothic motifs to the breakfront lower se

A West Australian Colonial jarrah and cedar dumb waiter, c.1880's and later two tier type with turned spindle legs upon castors Provenance: Chiritta home, peppermint Grove, which was originally built by Augustus Roe (Son of J. S. Roe). Height 84 cm; top: 1

A fine quality Regency mahogany three tier dumb waiter with three shelves separated by scroll supports and a mirror back to the upper and lower section, beneath a foliate carved crest, leaf capped scroll feet, 91 x 152 x 53 cm

An Edwardian mahogany dumb waiter, the top tier with a removable glass tray, restrained decoration, the larger bottom tier with matching decoration, four scrolling uprights, sabre legs and cross stretcher to base. Diameter 65 cm, height 3 cm

A George III mahogany dumb waiter, three tiers with turned centre column; on tripod base. Height 115 cm

A late Victorian four tier oak dumb waiter, circa late 19th century, with a three quarter gallery of spindles and finials, with turned side supports, a lower drawer with 'Ben Franklin' cast brass pull knobs and upon toupie feet with casters. Height 156 cm.

Georgian mahogany dumb waiter with graduated revolving tiers on turned and reeded column supported by tripod base, 60cm wide, 95cm high

Quality mahogany two tier dumb waiter with two long drawers below c.1870

Vintage dumb waiter, with two shelves joined by turned supports, 76.5 cm wide, 47.5 cm deep, 96 cm high

A French Empire style mahogany serving table, with a marble top, and an under shelf on tapering legs. 94 cm high, 113 cm wide, 31 cm deep

A Continental early 19th century oak serving table with a plank top with pinned bulbous legs. 77 cm high, 180 cm wide, 78 cm deep

C 1850s Colonial cedar convertible dumb waiter. Three tiers collapse to form table. Height 104 cm. Width 120 cm. Depth 52 cm

Victorian walnut dumb waiter, with 3 shelves joined by turned and fluted supports, 123 cm x 54 cm, 114 cm high

Georgian mahogany wine table, which metamorphoses into a dumb waiter, height 73 cm, depth 58 cm. Provenance: The Estate of Julie Biber

Antique French mahogany marble topped dumb waiter, mirrored back with Art Nouveau strap work hinges, approx 156 cm high, 124 cm wide, 53 cm deep

A Victorian mahogany three tier circular dumb waiter on carved cenrtal pedestal with trifooted base. 120 x 75 cm

Late Victorian dumb waiter as inspected, 106 cm wide, 41 cm deep, 70 cm high

A William IV mahogany dumb waiter with three circular tiers, above a tripartite platform base, 52.5 cm diameter x 103.5 cm high (extended)

Impressive antique three tiered turned support dumb waiter brass castors, approx 118 cm high, 131 cm long

Australian oak Arts & Crafts dumb waiter, fitted with two drawers, approx 130 cm high, 107 cm wide

Victorian walnut dumb waiter. 3 tiers on barley twist columns. Single drawer under. Height 92 cm. Width 69 cm. Depth 38 cm

Dumb waiter: circular three tier mahogany, early 19th century. Height 78 cm