What was a "dog-room" in 1847 (or 1773)?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Dec 17 19:49:56 UTC 2005

In a story published in America in 1847, I have the following sentence:

"The furniture, though evidently of an age anterior to that of the
inhabited part of the house, was of a style and description better
befitting what our ancestors used to call a "dog-room" than a bed-chamber."

The story itself is set in 1773, and describes a house in South Carolina.

"Dog-room" is not in OED2.  What does it mean?


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