Counters

Originally small tables or chests with the top marked for counting money, sometimes with a cupboard below. Term later applied to cases or shelflike surfaces usually of a height convenient for a person standing before them, as in a kitchen or store, or sitting on stools in front of them, as in a restaurant or bar.

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17869
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counters
counter
boards, counter
counter boards
counter-boards
counterboards
counter tables
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toonbanken Dutch
toonbank Dutch
mostradores Spanish
mostrador Spanish

More Definitions

Cases or shelflike surfaces, usually of a height convenient for a person standing before them, as in a kitchen or store, or sitting on stools in front of them, as in a restaurant or bar. For small tables or chests with the top marked for counting money, sometimes with a cupboard below, use the more specific "counter tables."

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300121378. The J. Paul Getty Trust.