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Antique Silverplate SS Highland Chief Coffee Pot

Antique Silverplate SS Highland Chief Coffee Pot


Without a doubt, one of the most historic pieces of antique ocean liner silver we have ever found, the Antique SS Highland Chief Coffee Pot is a glorious treasure from a notable ship.

The SS Highland Chief was launched in 1890 as part of the Nelson Line of cargo ships specifically built to transport meat from Argentina to Great Britain.  The Nelson Line was founded in 1880 by two Irish butchers, the brothers Hugh and William Nelson, who were busy expanding their family-owned beef business and saw an opportunity to ship beef from Argentina to England. Their main challenge was to devise a method of transport for a pershiable product traveling thousands of miles and many weeks at sea. Fueled with the innovation of the industrial revolution, various methods of refrigeration on board their ships were developed with varying degrees of success.

In 1890, they installed the very first marine CO2 refrigerator system on the Highland Chief and the ship began its route hauling prized beef between Buenos Aires and Liverpool with a stop in Rio de Janeiro. For twenty-two years, the Highland Chief crossed back and forth between Great Britain and South America until it was eventually sold in 1915 to the French shipping giant Cie. Générale Transatlantique and renamed Ville de Mostaganem.  

It's new life was very short-lived, however, for on September 9, 1915, while en route from Marseilles to Oran, Algeria, the ship was captured and sunk by a German U-Boat. 

Produced exclusively for the historic SS Highland Chief, we are pleased to offer this magnificent Antique Silverplate Coffee Pot.  This impressive pot is embellished with beautiful flourishes including a lovely rope detail around its lid and base.  Side-marked with a large Belt and Buckle crest containing the name SS Highland Chief, the pot is in very good original antique condition. A stunning souvenir from a distinguished ship, this gorgeous coffee pot will certainly take pride of place in your silver collection.

 Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. Circa 1890. 10" x 4 1/2".

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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