In a more elegant age, crumbs on the table needed to be discreetly removed and 'The Silent Butler' was one method. These boxes have a long handle and can usually be opened by one hand with the aid of a thumb-piece. This example has a celluloid-handled brush hidden in its base and the silverplate box is enhanced with an engraved armorial of a rearing horse. Maker is The Sheffield Silver Co., USA. Length 10.25 ins (26cm), width 7.5 ins (19cm), depth 2 ins (5cm). Weight 516 grams. In very good condition, with some minor discoloration to the brush from age. This item can be seen in the book, "Antique Boxes - Inside and Out", on page 106.