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.
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
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 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 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 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.
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