Antique Court Cupboards were first seen in the early 16th Century in Tudor homes and great halls. These early forms of antique furniture are usually built in oak and have primitive construction like pegs and old iron work straps along with clout nails.
The court cupboard was designed to store cups, vessels and plates, along with displaying the master of the house’s large plate in the centre and this was the earliest form of sideboard on record. It got its name due to the fact, they are quite short pieces of furniture and the word ‘court’ is the Norman word for short and it also being a cupboard. They were only seen in very wealthy households, as these grand pieces would have been very expensive to build in such early periods and they needed big homes to fit them. Have a look at our lovely examples available for sale along with other beautiful cupboards here on our website.