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Manufacturer: Simpson, Hall, Miller and Company, American, 1866–1898



Electroplated white metal

2 7/8 × 10 1/2 × 15/16 in. (7.3 × 26.67 × 2.38 cm)
Gift of Charles T. Clark
The crumber, a device used for removing debris from the table after dining, dates back to ancient times. Silver crumbers began to be made in the United States about 1830 and continued to be a common table-service item into the mid-twentieth century. This example by Simpson, Hall, Miller and Company, a manufacturer of high-quality plated wares, is significant for its successful interpretation of the Art Nouveau style, especially in the handle and the iris ornament on the blade. It may have been sold with an optional tray, an accessory for crumbers made in the late nineteenth century.
Made in Wallingford, Connecticut
19th–20th century

Ebay #110798696444; sold to Charles Teaze Clark, New Haven and Stonington, Connecticut; gift to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, 2012

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