capacious dumb-waiter,

Type: Historical | Title: Great Expectations (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: Chapter XXVI

In this instance "an upright pole bearing one or more revolving trays or shelves. On these are placed dishes and other table requisites, which can thus readily be got at as required" without the necessity of a waiter. Capacious means large.

The other kind of dumb-waiter is an elevator for food and drink that is raised and lowered between the dining room and kitchen when they are not on the same floor. 

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