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50% OFF! Vintage Silverplate Orient Line Teapot

50% OFF! Vintage Silverplate Orient Line Teapot

$162.50

The Orient Steam Navigation Company was a British shipping company with roots stretching all the way back to the late 18th century.  The company's beginnings can be traced to a ship-broking business started by Englishman James Thomson in 1797. The company operated a small fleet of sailing ships by the early 19th century, and by the middle of that century they were sailing on routes all over the world.

Over the years, the company changed ownership and by 1866, with the inauguration of service from England to Australia on the steamship Orient, the company changed its name to The Orient Line of Packets, or more simply, Orient Line. 

Close ties with another great shipping company, the P & O lines, began at the turn of the 20th century when both companies shared an Australian government mail contract.  This was a time of rapid expansion for the Orient Line and in 1909, five new ships entered service on the England to Australia route.  Eventually, through two world wars and the advent of air travel, economics forced a merger: the Orient Line was fully absorbed by the P & O line in 1966.  

Found at market outside of London, a striking Vintage Silverplate Teapot produced exclusively for the Orient Line Steamship Company.  Exquisitely crafted by Britain's premier silversmith, Mappin & Webb, the pot is side-marked with the Orient Line's distinctive crest: a small O and an elongated L on either side of an anchor. A handsome memento from the great era of steamship travel, this beautiful teapot will be a most treasured addition to your collection.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. 4 1/2" x 7". In good original vintage condition with light tea-staining to the interior as shown in the alternate images. 

Learn More about Hotel Silver

Once found in Grand Hotels, chic cafés, elegant restaurants as well as luxury steamships and the dining cars of the great locomotives, vintage hotel silver beautifully evokes the Golden Age of Travel. Enduringly crafted using sturdy nickel silver as its base metal and coated with a thick plating of pure, gleaming silver, vintage hotel silver is unmistakeable for its simple, classic lines and its pleasing heft. Often crested with the name of the establishment, the pieces bear the gentle, lovely patina often referred to as a “butler’s finish”.

Produced by the great silversmiths here in the United States, as well as those in Britain and on the Continent, most hotel silver dates from the 1920s to the 1940s. Prized for its perfect blend of form and function, hotel silver was made to withstand the rigors of daily use. Highly collectible, vintage hotel silver is a wonderful addition to any home.

Evoking the days of elegant travel, there are many new ways that hotel silver can be enjoyed. A milk pitcher or sugar basin makes an elegant vase for flowers or fresh herbs on the kitchen counter. A collection of oval platters adds sparkle and depth in a hutch when not being called into service for a buffet or dinner party. A toast rack becomes the perfect way to display photographs, hold fingertip towels in a powder room or organize mail in the office. Mix and match cutlery brings a relaxed sophistication and elegance to any tablescape. Whatever the piece, vintage hotel silver is sure to stir memories not only of your own travels, but of exotic destinations and ports of call from parts unknown.

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