for the links, but no, they really don't help. I was looking for specific
references using the word in period sources. I have been supplied with a
Also check out cabinets and
closets. Folger did an exhibit some years
The Housewife's Rich Cabinet:
Remedies, Recipes,& Helpful Hints, by Jean
Miller, Francie Owens, and Rachel
Doggett with an Introduction by
Heloise. Washington, DC, 1997, 142
pp., 30 illus., paper, $7.95 (plus
postage and handling). which covered this subject.
So it could be called Closet or
Cabinet Secrets too.
2. A place where distillery is
carried on; a still-room; a still-house,
1602 PLAT Delights Ladies Epist.
(1611) A3, The Quince, Pomgranate,..Are
heere maintain'd,..For Ladies closets and their stillatories. 1604 R.
CAWDREY Table Alph.,
Stillatorie, a distilling place. 1624 WOTTON Elem. Archit. I. 8 All
Offices that require heat, as
Kitchins, Stillatories..or the like would be Meridionall. c1710 C. FIENNES
Diary (1888) 7 So many
little buildings apart
from each other..one for a stillitory.
1796 Stat. Acc. Scot. XVII. 294 Here is a
stillatory which pays to the revenue £729 per
3. attrib. 1561-2 in Rep. Middleton MSS. (Hist. MSS. Comm.
1911) 417 Paied to the
smythe for makynge and mendynge a locke for the styllytary howse dore.
1586 BRIGHT Melanch. xxvii.
156 Placed over the rest as a stillitorye helme ouer the
There are older uses of the word, but
they are specific to a still rather
than a stillroom. I would suggest "stillatory arts/sciences" if
you wish to use a word that
was used in period.
Huette von Ahrens
thanks for thinking of me!
Does this help?