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Antique Silverplate First Avenue Hotel London Ice Bucket

Antique Silverplate First Avenue Hotel London Ice Bucket

$350.00

Founding the Gordon Hotels chain in the late 1800s, British entrepreneur and hotelier Frederick Gordon became known as "The Napoleon of the Hotel World", owning some of the best hotel properties in London, across England’s resorts as well as on the continent.

A self-made businessman, Gordon made a big deal about working to entice the American traveler to Europe and building hotels that appealed to them. His Gordon Hotel Group’s premier flagship property was The First Avenue Hotel in the London borough of Holborn. The hotel’s distinctly American name showed how keen Gordon was to attract well-heeled travelers from this side of the Atlantic.

Opening its doors in 1883, the The First Avenue Hotel was a palace of lavish decoration and impeccable service. Given the European fascination at the time with all things "exotic", the hotel's lobby was designed with an elaborate Chinese entrance hall complete with moon gate, Chinese roof tiles and Qing Dynasty furniture.

For over half a century this grand hotel was a center of social life in London until the September 1940 Blitz on London when it was completely gutted and destroyed by the Luftwaffe. Today an office building with the name First Avenue House stands on the site of this once-glamorous hotel. 

Found at a silver market in London, we are thrilled to offer this magnificent Antique Silverplate Ice Bucket made exclusively for The First Avenue Hotel of London. With a classic swing handle, the hotel's majestic crest is stamped into the side of the bucket.  Produced by the Gladwin silversmiths of Sheffield, this exceptional bucket is a lasting, elegant memento from one of London's now-lost grand hotels.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. Circa 1920s. In good original antique condition with minor signs of age and wear to the interior of the bucket. 8.5"H with handle raised x 5.75"D.

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