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Vintage Silverplate County Hotel Butter Knife

Vintage Silverplate County Hotel Butter Knife

$38.00

Found at a country market in northern England, we are delighted to present these handsome Vintage Silverplate Master Butter Knives from the historic County Hotel in Canterbury. Designed for the sole purpose of serving pats of butter from a butter dish, these lovely knives were made by Britain's premier silversmith, Mappin & Webb and are all stamped with the hotel's name

Whether it's a breakfast, luncheon or dinner service - anytime butter is served, these gorgeous knives are sure to be a lovely addition to your table.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In very good vintage condition. Knives measure - 8"L.

Learn More about the County Hotel

The County Hotel in the medieval town of Canterbury, England has a very long and storied history. The ancient site of the hotel is significant as it was where "Jacob the Jew of Canterbury" lived and where the medieval Jewish synagogue in Canterbury was once located .  Jacob was the leading Jewish financier of medieval Canterbury and in 1190 he built himself "a great stone house" in the center of town.  Since Jacob was a financier, his home was not only his residence, but was in effect like a county bank. Directly behind Jacob's home was the synagogue.

Over the centuries, what was Jacob's great stone house as well as the medieval synagogue eventually became a hotel.  In 1640, the Sarcens Head Inn was located on that site. Later the name was changed to Kings Head and by 1892, the building was registered as the County Hotel. Parts of Jacob's original stone house survived into modern times.  Until 1927, the western wall of the hotel was a surviving wall of Jacob's house.  It was built of stone and rubble and was a massive 5 feet thick.  Due to its decay over the centuries, it was ultimately replaced with a new brick wall in the late 1920s.

In 1901, the County Hotel was advertised as being patronized by "His Excellency, the American Ambassador". Indeed the hotel's lovely, ancient Tudor construction and its perfect location near the cathedral in the center of historic Canterbury, made it a favorite hotel for many travelers.  Today the original buildings are still standing proud and the hotel has been completely modernized and operates as the ABode Hotel Canterbury.

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