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Vintage Palace Hotel Candlestick Pair

Vintage Palace Hotel Candlestick Pair


Of all the posh hotels in San Francisco, one hotel stands alone: The Palace Hotel. Without a doubt, The Palace is the grand dame of San Francisco's hotels; a legendary hotel, the oldest surviving hotel in the city and a hotel with enough stories to fill a book.

The original Palace Hotel opened in 1875 and was created by the mega-wealthy San Francisco banker William Ralston. It was his goal to outdo all of the grand hotels of Europe and he did just that, spending $5 million dollars (over $100 million in today's dollars) in the process. When it opened, it was advertised as the largest and most luxurious hotel in the world, and it was. With 755 giant rooms, 804 fireplaces and a brick factory and oak forest to supply raw materials, it was like nothing anyone had ever seen before. Not only did every room have a fireplace, it was the first hotel to also offer air conditioning in every room as well.

All of this luxury couldn't spare The Palace when the great earthquake of 1906 struck the city. The hotel largely withstood the quake, but was heavily damaged by the fire that swept through the city following the quake. Undeterred, the hotel was razed and a brand new Palace was built on the exact same spot, opening its doors in 1909. Redesigned, with an opulence to match the former Palace, the new Palace's main dining room is still considered by many to be the most dazzling public room of any hotel in the world.

Throughout its history, the Palace Hotel has played host to numerous prestigious guests. Presidents U. S. Grant, Benjamin Harrison, and Rutherford B. Hayes stayed there, as did President Warren G. Harding, who died there. King David Kalakaua of Hawaii also died there. Business leaders John D. Rockefeller and J. P. Morgan were guests, as were renowned British playwright Oscar Wilde, actress Sarah Bernhardt (who arrived with her pet baby tiger), and opera legend Enrico Caruso.

From The Palace Hotel of San Francisco, we are thrilled to offer this lovely pair of vintage silverplate candlesticks. With elegant art nouveau curves, these elegant candlesticks are bottom-stamped The Palace Hotel. They will bring their storied elegance to your home and are certain to be a treasured addition to your hotel silver collection.

Circa 1947. Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In good vintage condition showing only minor signs of age and use. 7" x 4 3/8" at widest point at base.

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