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Vintage Belfast Line Steamship Company Teapot

Vintage Belfast Line Steamship Company Teapot


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From epic journeys around the world, to much shorter voyages across smaller bodies of water, steamships have long been an integral form of transportation. Given the geographical make-up and position of the British Isles, there has long been a demand for ships built exactly for these shorter crossings. The country is made up of Isles after all, separated by bodies of water!

To the west of Great Britain's mainland is Ireland - an integral part of the United Kingdom - separated by the Irish Sea with the small Isle of Man positioned in between. To the south, the Channel Islands lay close to France separated from the mainland by the English Channel. For centuries, connections between the British Isles could only be maintained by sea, first by sailing ships on an irregular basis and later by regularly scheduled steamships carrying both passengers and mail.

Where there was demand, the Victorian entrepreneurial spirit stepped in to meet that demand.  Tracing its roots all the way back to 1824 when the Liverpool and Belfast Steam Packet Company was formed, the company eventually changed its name to the Belfast Steamship Company in 1852.  Operating shipping services between Belfast, Ireland and Liverpool, England, the Belfast Line billed itself as the "Gateway to Ireland" offering "daily service and nightly express service, Sundays excepted."

Found at market in the north of England, a handsome Vintage Silverplate Teapot produced for the Belfast Steamship Company. In excellent, restored condition, this classic pot bearing the Belfast Steamship Company's lovely nautical crest will surely become a beloved addition to your silver collection.

Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. 7 7/8" x 4 3/4".

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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