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Vintage Silverplate Hotels Executive Coffee Pot

Vintage Silverplate Hotels Executive Coffee Pot

$195.00

Found at market in England, a handsome Vintage Silverplate Coffee Pot produced for exclusive use by the British Transport Commission's Hotels Executive division. Classic, weighty and of the very best quality, this stately coffee pot captures all the elegance of grand hotel service. 

A bit of British railway history tells this handsome coffee pot's tale: during the Gilded Age of rail travel, many of the large railway companies also operated hotels at the major railroad stations across Great Britain. The first such hotels opened in 1893 in London and Birmingham and by 1913 there were 93 railway hotels across Britain.

Following the nationalization of the British rail system in 1948, these railway hotels fell under the control of the Hotels Executive division of the British Transport Commission (BTC).  At that point, they operated 55 railway hotels, along with 400 railway station refreshment rooms. From the Charing Cross Hotel and Great Western Royal Hotel in London, to the Queen's Hotel in Birmingham and the Midland Hotel in Manchester, these railway hotels provided weary travelers with comfortable lodging near all the major railway stations.

As a means of simplifying their catering operations, the Hotels Executive produced tablewares that could be used at any of their railway hotels. This also included elegant, gleaming silver, such as this superb coffee pot.  Side-marked with the Hotels Executive name, this coffee pot was produced by Britain's great Mappin & Webb Silversmiths and will be a treasured addition to your silver collection.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In very good restored vintage condition. 7 1/8" x 7 3/8".

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