Did you know that a housekeeper’s cupboard was more than a place to store linens? These large and imposing pieces of furniture with drawers below and cabinets on top also stored the best china and glass, and occasionally, the more valuable staples, such as tea and coffee. Generally under lock and key, it was the head housekeeper, much like Mrs. Hughes in Downton Abbey, who oversaw the contents.
While most of these cupboards were utilitarian in their appearance, some were crafted to reflect the status of the household. Take this superb housekeeper’s cupboard with such fine details as mahogany crown moulding and banding, as well as a fusee clock. It must have come from a rather well-to-do manor house, but can only be found now at Mill House Antiques. More than an ordinary experience.