A "sideboard" is a large piece of elegant
dining room furniture, made for holding cooked dishes on its
top surface and storing linens, silverware, and other table
settings in the drawers and doored compartments below.
Typically, eight slender legs support the relatively massive
Garrett Deasy has a sideboard
in his study, and it is a "walnut sideboard" that
knocks Bloom in the noggin as he enters the front room of his
house in Ithaca. Thinking of her friend Floey Dillon
in Gibraltar, Molly remembers that the Dillons' house had a "mahogany
sideboard" with "a solid silver coffee service"
sitting on top of it. In Nausicaa Bloom thinks of
Molly "leaned on the sideboard watching" him as he
performed charades in Luke Doyle's house. It seems clear that
for turn-of-the-century Dubliners a sideboard was an essential
fixture in an upper-middle-class home.