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Vintage Silverplate Blue Star Line Menu Card Holder

Vintage Silverplate Blue Star Line Menu Card Holder

$150.00

The Blue Star Line has a long and interesting history that hails back to the Vestey family who were butchers in Liverpool, England. Having large cattle ranches in Argentina they were one of the first to transport beef in refrigerated ships from South America to the United Kingdom. For this purpose, the Vestey family officially registered Blue Star Line on July 28, 1911.

From carrying meat and other perishable foods across the globe to providing luxury passenger service between the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and South America, the Blue Star Line set a new standard of service with a fleet of ships that were known as the "Luxury Five". 

By the 1940s, the Blue Star Line had all first class service aboard oceanliners carrying fewer than 55 passengers. These intimate ships sailed from London via Southampton, Lisbon, Las Palmas, Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Montevideo to Buenos Aires. Many passengers would take the entire round trip as an extended cruise, especially those who preferred to escape the European winter.

Each of these luxurious ships had six refrigerated holds. On the outbound voyage the ships were loaded with general cargo and perishable foods, while on the return, they carried chilled beef from Buenos Aires to the UK. Sadly, due to the affordability of air travel and declining passenger numbers, these fine ships were disposed of in the early seventies and the era of luxury, personalized service aboard the Blue Star Line ships came to an end. 

From the storied ships of the Blue Star Line, we are proud to present a gleaming vintage silverplate menu card holder. Once used in the Blue Star Line's dining rooms to hold menu or table number cards, the holder was made by Britain's premier silversmiths at Mappin & Webb. Crested at center with the Blue Star Line's iconic logo, it carries with it all the elegance of the Golden Age of Oceanliner Travel.


Strictly limited quantities (currently only one holder is available) and subject to prior sale. In very good restored vintage condition. Circa 1950. 2.25" x 2".

 

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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