What is This? It's a Silent Butler

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A common household item of the past is a silent butler. It is a covered metal pan with a handle that was used to empty ash trays and pickup crumbs in the parlor or living room.


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October 16, 2018

Can anyone please tell me what this is? I bought it at a thrift shop and they had no idea what it is either.

Thank you.


October 22, 20180 found this helpful
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Yes, this is a crumb catcher or "silent butler". Waiters used to carry a little matching whisk broom and sweep bread crumbs off the tablecloths into these at fancy restaurants.

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September 26, 2019

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


September 26, 20191 found this helpful
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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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