A lovely find - A crumber

I'm always on the hunt for home décor pieces that are interesting and have history, a story to tell. These are the things that set your home apart from the rest. 
During one of my recent treasure hunts I came across this lovely little silver-plated crumber, I was taken with its compact size, enamel handle and footed feet. The lids stays upright and is perfectly weighted so it does not tip the entire thing over when left open. I of course took it home without knowing what I was going to use it for, who could resist?
If you are not sure what I’m talking about here is a very brief history:
Crumbers became popular in the early 1900's, though we have found that their origins date back as far as Roman times.  John Henry Miller patented the design in 1939 and very quickly they became a mainstay in any wealthy home or quality restaurant. The crumber is a tool used to remove or catch crumbs from a table. They come in many different shapes, they can look like a dustpan accompanied by a knife like shovel, they can be a knife shaped implement hooked at the end to catch crumbs or like mine the can be a lidded tray with a handle. Generally they are made of metal but they can be found in ivory and more recently plastic.

After thinking about it for a bit this is what I plan to do with it……

I think it will be a lovely addition to my desk, don't you?



  1. i have only been to one restaurant that used a crumber. i believe it was in NYC and I thought "now that's a great idea!" what a great find.

  2. Thanks! I remember the first time my table was "crumbed" too.

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