Vintage SHEFFIELD Silver Company Silverplated E.P. Copper Silent Butler/Crumb Tray

Bring back what was old and make it new again.....I bring you the "revival" of the Silent Butler! There are "modern day" uses for the Silent Butler, when you find one in the condition that this one is. I suggest using it as a Serving Piece. This beautiful piece has an attached lid to keep item covered and/or warm. It would be great to place on the table or buffet to serve olives, relishes, sauces, dips, cheese, jams, butter or candies. Or if you care to walk around and serve your guests, the nice wooden handle makes this very convenient. Let your imagination go on the uses you can come up with. AND it would make a wonderful conversation piece, just think of the new trend you could be setting!

This piece has a great shine. Silent Butlers were usually made of copper, brass, or aluminum, and is defined as "a small receptacle with a handle and hinged cover, used back in the day for collecting ashes and crumbs. It's was more commonly used on a formal occasion or in a restaurant as a crumb tray into which debris on a tablecloth would be brushed and collected into.

This piece has the marking with E.P.C. (in blocks) and symbols of a Man with beard, a crown, and letter "S", and the number 300 or 800 (can't tell which), but it is a Sheffield Silver Company piece. Sheffield Silver Company was founded in 1908 and was located in Brooklyn, New York.

The majority of silver butlers are actually silver plate, not sterling. Most pieces marked or advertised as Sheffield are actually electroplated with one or more very thin layers of pure silver. The process of electroplating silver was developed in the 1840s and the most common mark on it is "EP" in some combination of other letters, such as "EPNS' for electroplated nickel silver. The "EPC" denotes electroplated copper. The E.P.C. marking on the bottom stands for Electroplated Copper.

The piece measures 10.75" front to end of handle, the bowl and lid by itself measure 6" D X 2.5" H, the lid holder on top of lid is 1"H. This is in great condition with the exception of some surface scratches and very small ding on bottom of pan.

Item ID: V-SP-SH-0100-ITT

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