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This room has different names, depending on which resource you’re reviewing. The original blueprints described it as ‘Servant’s Room,’ while the book “Glensheen,” by Tony Dierckens, names this room the “Servant’s Quarters.” The floor plans that Glensheen staff currently use describe it as the “Maid’s Room,’ which is the document I’ve been using.
The Maid’s Room is usually only viewable from behind a barrier at the doorway. As you can see, it’s almost Spartan, at least when compared to the rest of the mansion:
The dressers are made from a beautiful birdseye maple, and the drawer pulls have a lion’s head, although it’s a different styled lion from any other in the house:
This is definitely my favorite piece in this room:
It’s an old Wilcox and Gibbs sewing machine from the late 1800s.
The foot treadle is a work of art, with a stylized ‘W’ that would fit your feet just so:
The treadle is connected to the flywheel:
And the flywheel is connected to a leather belt that goes up through the cabinet to the sewing machine and powers the needle:
We found this little pillow/pin cushion and a small wooden cylinder full of extra needles:
Here’s the fabric plate of the sewing machine, along with patent information and a handy conversion guide:
And here’s the machine in full:
I don’t know about you, but seeing a sewing machine like this makes me a little nostalgic for some early industrial design. Admittedly, having exposed belts was definitely unsafe, but the simple aesthetic is appealing.