Dominick & Haff No. 10 All Sterling Crumber
Measuring a full 12" long, with a blade that is 2 3/4" wide, this crumber aka crumb knife is a robust 5.6 T. oz. of solid sterling silver. The handle is flat, not hollow, and thick, 1/8" at the widest. The blade likewise is all silver, not stainless steel which later examples might have been. The pattern is Dominick & Haff's No. 10, which is a late 19th century floral design styled toward the Art Nouveau. The blade has a scalloped and flanged back with the pattern carried onto the heel. There is a fancy, feathered script "RCB" monogram. An appealing pattern on its own, this is all the more impressive for its massive scale. Retailed by Philadelphia's carriage trade "Bailey, Banks & Biddle Co.," a piece like this would have stood up to the most style conscious taste. Marks are the D&H emblem, "Sterling," "Pat-d 96," and the name of the retailer.