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 solid English oak and have primitive construction like wooden pegs and old iron work straps along with clout nails. Antique court cupboards were 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 magnificent pieces would have been very expensive to build in such early periods. The best examples are of good smaller proportions from the 17th Century with panels that are outstandingly carved and have two turned finial droplets. Due to their age, they will have good old repairs, charm and character consistent with age and use, it makes them a real stately home piece. Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale along with other beautiful cupboards here on our website.