Greetings-There is a pantry with open shelves between the kitchen and living room of my 1881 house. The lowest shelf is 36" off the floor. There is a rail made of a 1 x 4 running under the shelves. It is attached to the shelf supports so that it is about at a 45 degree angle from vertical.
Here is a link to a photo: http://i1195.photobucket.com/albums/aa383/heathaldavis/bp_zpsdc555176.jpg
Question: What would this originally have been used for? I would think for drying dishcloths, but there is no water source in the pantry. Did they hang storage containers from it? Tether pigs to it? :D Or what?