Housemaid Or Butler's Pantry

This room is provided for the work of the butler, parlourmaid, or housemaid, according to the number of servants forming the menage, and is usually adjacent to the dining-room. Here should be provided a sink fitted for the washing and draining of glass, silver, and tea-service china (the greasy china being probably attended to in the scullery).

Plate baskets, polished wooden cases or canteens, will be required here for the silver in which should be a written list of all plated or silver articles, so that the contents may be counted over daily, and anything mislaid or lost be noted at once.

Cupboards with sliding glass doors, the shelves of which are edged with hooks, will be necessary for the glass and china, as probably dessert service in addition to tea services will be kept here; complete lists of both glass and china should be at hand.

A table whereon silver may be cleaned, flowers arranged, menus written, salt cellars and cruets re-filled, etc., is a necessity. Amongst the requirements of the pantry are a good supply of tea and glass-cloths, chamois leathers, plate brushes and silver-cleaning materials, dish-cloths, bottle brush, soap, soap jelly, salt, mustard, vinegar, salad oil, scotch hands, flower vases, scissors, a rail for drying tea-cloths, etc.

There are sometimes slight differences between a scullery sink and that placed in the housemaid's pantry.

1. The scullery sink is often of rougher ware with a ware drainer, as the china washed here is usually stronger and thicker. In the housemaid's sink a wooden drainer is usually provided for the more delicate china and glass.

2. A plate rack is frequently fixed over a scullery sink so that dishes and plates may dry without wiping. The more dainty china is carefully wiped with soft tea-cloths and put away immediately.

3. The water from a scullery sink enters (in many cases) into a gully trap containing a grease trap. This trap is removable, and may be frequently thoroughly cleansed to prevent the accumulation of grease which might otherwise occur owing to the greasiness of the breakfast and dinner china which is here washed.