Vintage Silverplate Stevens Hotel Sauce Boat
Vintage Silverplate Stevens Hotel Sauce Boat
From the illustrious former Stevens Hotel of Chicago, a handsome Vintage Silverplate Sauce Boat bearing the hotel's impressive eagle crest and applied silver eagle border.
Produced by the venerable R. Wallace Silversmiths of Connecticut, the sauce boat with attached liner is in excellent condition and recalls the glorious past of one of Chicago's grandest hotels.
Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. 8" in length x 5 1/4" wide x 3 1/2" high. Capacity 12 ounces.
Learn More About The Stevens Hotel
The Stevens Hotel, located on Michigan Avenue overlooking Grant Park, was designed in the Beaux-Arts architecture style and opened in 1927. At the time, the Stevens was the largest hotel in the world. The hotel was developed by James W. Stevens and his family who ran the Illinois Life Insurance Company and owned the Hotel La Salle also located in Chicago.
The Stevens Hotel featured 3,000 guest rooms, cost approximately $30 million to construct, and boasted of a virtual "City Within a City". The Stevens housed its own bowling alley, barber shop, rooftop miniature golf course (the "High-Ho Club"), movie theater, ice cream shop, and drug store.The first registered guest was Vice President Charles G. Dawes and the hotel has housed virtually every United States President since its opening.
The Great Depression ruined the Stevens family, and the Stevens Hotel went bankrupt. The government took the hotel into receivership, and by the late 1930s, it was valued at only $7 million. In 1942 the U.S Army purchased the Stevens Hotel for $6 million for use as barracks and classrooms for the Army Air Force during WWII. The Stevens housed over 10,000 air cadets during this time, who utilized the Grand Ballroom as their mess hall.
In January 1944, the War Department closed a deal to sell the property for $4.91 million to a bricklayer turned private businessman named Stephen Healy. A year later, as World War II drew to a close, Conrad Hilton purchased the hotel from Healy. The board of directors changed the name of the hotel, branding it after Conrad Hilton himself in November 1951. Conrad used his Hollywood connections to entice film stars, politicians and royalty to the hotel.
The Conrad Hilton hotel was eventually showing its age, and some were considering its possible demolition by the 1970s. In 1984, however, the hotel closed for what was then the most expensive hotel renovation ever undertaken, at $185 million. The hotel was shut down for over a year as the 3,000 guest rooms were rebuilt into 1,544 larger and more elegant rooms. 600 of the rooms were converted to double sized rooms with two adjoining bathrooms.
The newly renamed Chicago Hilton and Towers was reopened on October 1, 1985. It is the third-largest hotel in Chicago by number of guest rooms; and it has the largest total meeting and event space of any Chicago hotel. The hotel is also home to Chicago's largest and most expensive room: the Conrad Hilton suite is a 5,000-square-foot suite that encompasses two floors. The suite costs more than $7,000 per night, and is appointed with 16-foot lake view windows, 18th-century tapestries, a baby grand piano, a billiard table, and three balconies.
Learn More about Hotel SilverOnce 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.