Very nice antique quadruple silverplate dust pan / crumber / silent butler set by the Revere Silver Co. (early 1900s) This antique quadruple silverplate set has a crumb (crumber) tray and a crumb (crumber) "knife". Pretty floral hand-tooled design with elegantly shaped handles and a gently scalloped edge. Good condition with no dings, dents or damage to note. Silverplate wear is noted especially on portions of the handles.
A crumber is a tool designed to remove crumbs from a table cloth. With origins dating as far back as Roman times, the modern form of the crumber, which is used in fine restaurants worldwide dates to 1939. Most crumbers are made of metal, but can also be found in plastic, ivory, or silver. The Revere Silver Co. was founded in 1914 in Brooklyn, NY, and in 1955, it became part of Crown Silver Inc.
The term "silent butler" refers to a type of covered receptacle used for cleaning small amounts of material in the home, much like a covered dustpan. They were often beautifully designed, with attention to detail. The term silent butler was coined in the early to mid 1940s and is used to describe a small receptacle with a lid attached via a hinge.
The silent butler has been traditionally used to clean up a variety of debris such as table crumbs, cigarette ashes and even dust. The handle on silent butlers add to their convenience for quick cleaning tasks. Silent butlers are were often made with ornate trim. They were available in a variety of finishes such as sterling silver, silverplate, chrome, brass or bronze.
Unlike the simple plastic dustpans in use today, silent butlers were available in more expensive materials. Tiffany & Co. produced a high-end silver silent butler in 1961.
This antique quadruple silverplate dust pan, crumber or silent butler set measures: large pan: 7.5" x 5.5" x 1.5" tall, the smaller pan; the knife, measures 6.25" x 2.5" x 1.5" tall and both are touchmarked on the bottoms with QUADRUPLE PLATE, REVERE SILVER CO. and the pattern number 658, and the set weighs 11.3 ounces.
Item ID: RL2501
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