- a sideboard of the 16th and 17th centuries, having three open tiers, the middle of which sometimes has a small closed cabinet with oblique sides.
Compare press cupboard.
Origin of court cupboard
First recorded in 1585–95
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Examples from the Web for court cupboard
Away with the joint-stools, remove the court-cupboard, look to the plate.Shakespeare's Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
Often the lower part contained receptacles as in the characteristic English court-cupboard.
These little livery cupboards usually stood on another, from which they were detached, and which was the "court-cupboard."An Old English Home
- a wooden stand with two or three tiers, used in the 16th and 17th centuries to display pewter, silver, etc
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