Antique Crumb Duster and Candlestick
These items have been in my mom's house for years and I never thought to ask about the story behind them until recently. I always assumed that the dust pan and dust brush were more decorative than useful because who would want to sweep dirt and grime off the floor with such beautifully ornate items? It turns out that this is not a dust pan and dust brush as I thought but a crumb duster. My great grandmother always had a table cloth on her dining table and this crumb duster was used after a meal to sweep the crumbs off the table cloth. My mom used this as a little girl and now it hangs on her wall as a decoration and a reminder of her past. The candlestick was also used by my mom and her family and it is put together in a way that different sections screw together. This is so that it can be completely taken apart when the brass gets tarnished and needs to be polished. This way you can get into the cracks and crevices to ensure that every inch of the candlestick is shiny and clean. The Dutch must really like things bright and shiny because I have many memories of my mom and my grandmother polishing brass.
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