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Ann
What is this rail in the butler's pantry?

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?

Thank you.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: What is this rail in the butler's pantry?

It looks like a platter rack. Platter are sliped in behind the cross piece and stand on the edges.

Jack

Ann
Re: What is this rail in the butler's pantry?
JLMCDANIEL wrote:

It looks like a platter rack. Platter are sliped in behind the cross piece and stand on the edges.

Jack

Thanks Jack, but the rail doesn't touch the wall. I guess that isn't clear from the photo. There's about a 4 inch gap between the wall and the rail-- I think a platter would fall through.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: What is this rail in the butler's pantry?

Right, the platters or trays were slipped up behind the rail and sat in the shelf leaning forward against the rail.

Jack

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