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Antique Silverplate Toyo Kisen Kaisha Steamship Co. Footed Tray

Antique Silverplate Toyo Kisen Kaisha Steamship Co. Footed Tray

$495.00

"The Path of the Sun
from San Fransisco via Honolulu"


Founded in the Japanese port city of Yokohama in 1896, the Toyo Kisen Kaisha (Oriental Steamship Company) began with a mission to enter the lucrative transpacific trade routes. Wanting to compete with the seasoned British steamship companies, Toyo Kisen Kaisha (TKK) ordered 3 ships be built by the master ship builders of Great Britain. Sailing from Yokohama to San Fransisco with a stop in Honolulu, the TKK offered a level of service comparable to all the great shipping lines: spacious outdoor promenade decks, comfortable staterooms and beautifully appointed dining rooms equipped with the finest silver, china and glass.

Competition with British, Canadian and American shipping companies steadily increased throughout the early 20th century and in 1926 the struggling Toyo Kisen Kaisha was bought by the much larger Japanese shipping giant Nippon Yusen Kaisha.

Produced in England exclusively for use aboard the Toyo Kisen Kaisha ships, we are honored to offer this magnificent Antique Silverplate Footed Tray. From Elkington, one of Britain's premier silversmiths, the tray is bottom-stamped with the date code of its year of manufacture: 1907. The top surface of this elegant tray is detailed with a lovely, swirling "engine-turned" pattern which was done to prevent glassware from sliding while at high sea.

Top-marked with Toyo Kisen Kaisha's house flag crest of a folding Japanese sensu fan decorated with the "circle of the sun", this rare tray is in very good original antique condition bearing only minor signs of age and use. It is certain to become a treasured piece in your collection.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. 11 3/4" diameter x 1 1/2" high.

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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