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Evidence for shelves can usually be found either on surviving framing or masonry walls.  Because the closet’s framing was removed in ca. 1880, the Team had to rely on the space’s masonry walls to supply evidence for shelving.  In the 18th century shelves in brick buildings were often supported by embedding one end of the shelf into the masonry.  To hold the shelf ends pockets had to be chiseled into the brickwork, and so finding these pockets usually indicates shelves had once been installed in the room.


A pocket in a masonry wall at Montpelier that was once used to support a shelf.