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Silent Butler (USA), 1941

This is a silent butler. It was manufactured by Chase Brass & Copper Co.. It is dated 1941 and we acquired it in 1991. Its medium is chromium-plated metal, bakelite. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

The gleaming, sleek shape of this silent butler, combined with the linear decoration on its cover and handle, suggest streamlined motion and speed. Chase Brass & Copper Co. advertised it as a “smart new server for candy, mints, or nuts.” A host could simply flick the small thumb-piece to raise the lid and serve.

This object was donated by Mel Byars. It is credited Gift of Mel Byars.

  • Table Lamp, ca. 1935
  • turned aluminum, brass, molded bakelite.
  • Gift of George R. Kravis II.
  • 2016-5-14

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Its dimensions are

Overall: 6 x 29 x 14.5 cm (2 3/8 x 11 7/16 x 5 11/16 in.)

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Silent Butler (USA), 1941; Manufactured by Chase Brass & Copper Co. (United States); chromium-plated metal, bakelite; Overall: 6 x 29 x 14.5 cm (2 3/8 x 11 7/16 x 5 11/16 in.); Gift of Mel Byars; 1991-59-137

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Energizing the Everyday: Gifts From the George R. Kravis II Collection.

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