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I am guessing it is a popcorn maker, but I'm not entirely sure. Any ideas?


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September 26, 20190 found this helpful

We had something like this on here before. I can't find it...cybergrannie was able to ID it right off...

It might have been a silent butler or a bed warmer...I hope she weighs in and my memory is correct that she knew exactly what the piece is.

I will follow this post!! Thanks for sharing!

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September 26, 20191 found this helpful

This piece etched Virtute Non Verbis-is called a Vintage Silent Butler Crumb Catcher. This piece was used by wealthy families after a meal to catch the crumbs or ashes from the table after a meal.


Also could be used double duty as a bed warmer.Most of the time only the house staff used these. Often made of silver and wood.Online with Ebay asking between $10 -$35.

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September 26, 20190 found this helpful

Thank you SO much. So I shouldn't use it on the stove to make popcorn then? :)

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September 26, 20190 found this helpful

If is to clean off the crumbs before the next course.

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September 26, 20190 found this helpful

These are always interesting but yours has a little added twist.
It is indeed called a Silent Butler/crumb tray and occasionally similar ones were used to hold ashes when cleaning out the fireplaces.

Here is the original article that was posted on ThriftyFun several months ago.
People still have some funny ideas about vintage items but for those of us who can remember that far back, we had very few items that were only used for one project and people made use of whatever was handy for any task on hand.



These were made in several sizes, all kinds of metal (including silver), all shapes (some with legs), and some plain while others were decorated.
Your has the emblem engraved on the top? - Virtute Non Verbis which actually means; By Virtue, Not by Words or By Deed, Not word - but, the emblem on your pan is the emblem of the US 108th Infantry Regiment which is dated to have started in 1898-1907 and is still active at the present time.
This Regiment has fought in most of the major wars so it's possible your pan could be a little more valuable than the normal Silent Butler listed on the web.



I did find one listing on eBay for a similar? pan but it looks like your could be cleaned up and be in a lot better condition so could be worth more money.
I know you wanted it identified but everybody likes to know the value of things they have found.



Clean it up and display it but please, no popcorn...

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September 27, 20190 found this helpful

Ty cybergrannie! You keep the best records!!! Thanks for finding the original post. I was all thumbs yesterday and not able to find what I needed!!

This is a neat item!! I am excited to hear back more on it!

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