The Silent Butler, a lovely vintage item of the past. Ask people what it is today and most will not be able to tell you. In the 1950s, almost 75% of men smoked. This little item was used to clean up the table of crumbs and cigarettes and ashed. Thank goodness, only about 25% of men smoke today. Making most families alot healthier. This is a nice thing to use to clean up the table or the breakfast bar, where most of us take our meals today. And even nicer as a conversation piece. A thing of the past. Most of us want to hold onto that. I think it is silverplate and has a nice patina. I did not try to clean it up, but will do it for you if you want before shipping it. Unless you are like me and like it just the way it is.