The cabinets were used during the heyday of the spiritualist movement, and become popular after they were first used by the Davenport Brothers. The ‘cabinets’ were for e.g either an actual piece of furniture, a curtained off part of a room or a doorway. They were used as part of a seance. They would allow the medium to be separated from the sitter and out of direct view. The audience would be wowed by this as most of the time the mediums hands and feet would be bound, whilst phenomena happened around them.