Is it China Cabinet or China Hutch?
For me it's a Cabinet.
A Hutch is for Rabbits!
I don't Collect Rabbits!
I Collect China...and other Dishes!
So, before getting deeper into the Shelves, Drawers and Behind the Doors of the Acorn China Cabinet
I thought it best to show you the
Acorn Dining Room Set!
- The word Table is derived from the Latin word Tabula which means a board, a plank or a flat piece.
- In the Middle Ages, upper class Britons and other European nobility in castles dined in the Great Hall. This was a large multi-function room capable of seating the bulk of the population of the house. The family would sit at the head table on a raised dais, with the rest of the population arrayed in order of diminishing rank away from them. Tables in the great hall would tend to be long trestle tables with benches. The sheer number of people in a Great Hall meant it would probably have had a busy, bustling atmosphere.
- The Plague...Black Death caused the dining room table to become smaller. It is true that the owners of such properties began to develop a taste for more intimate gatherings in smaller 'parlers' or privee parlers' off the main hall but this is thought to be due as much to political and social changes as to the greater comfort afforded by such rooms. In the first instance, the Black Death that ravaged Europe in the 14th Century caused a shortage of labour and this had led to a breakdown in the feudal system. Also the religious persecutions following the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII made it unwise to talk freely in front of large numbers of people.
- Why dining tables took on a more masculine look...
Toward the beginning of the 18th Century, a pattern emerged where the ladies of the house would withdraw after dinner from the dining room to the drawing room. The gentlemen would remain in the dining room having drinks. The dining room tended to take on a more masculine tenor as a result.
This was traditionally the case in England, where the dining room would for many families be used only on Sundays, other meals being eaten in the kitchen.