One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A cabinet or sideboard for keeping alcoholic drinks and glasses in a dining room.
- ‘Joseph Freeman, one of the South's best-documented early craftsmen, produced the bottle case, or cellaret.’
- ‘He poured himself a glass of sherry and, turning, rested his hand on the wooden counter attached to the front of the cellaret.’
- ‘Hepplewhite wrote that cellarets were ‘generally made of mahogany, and hooped with brass hoops lacquered; the inner part is divided into partitions, and lined with lead for bottles.’
- ‘Today examples are frequently referred to as cellarets, but period inventories list them as gin cases, brandy cases, bottle cases, or cases of bottles.’
- ‘Sideboards, too, often had cellarets (boxes in which wine bottles could reach room temperature) and wine coolers incorporated in cupboards and drawers.’
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