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Vintage Silverplate Anchor Line Coffee Pot

Vintage Silverplate Anchor Line Coffee Pot



“Every Scot thrills with pride and memories of the adventure and enjoyment of travel on hearing of the Anchor Line. When I was a boy it was the ambition of every youngster to sail across the Atlantic on an Anchor Liner..."

Established in Glasgow, Scotland in 1838 by brothers Nicol and Robert Handyside as shipbrokers and merchants, the business operated under the name N & R Handyside & Co until 1852 when the name Anchor Line was used by them for the first time, but only as a by-line in an advertisement. The Anchor Line shipping company grew from small beginnings in tandem with the River Clyde shipbuilding industry as the Glasgow river was transformed.

The once shallow, meandering river grew into one of the industrialised world's greatest ports and a hub of shipbuilding and marine engineering expertise. Famous for its sleek ships and comfortable accommodations, the ships offered a memorable experience for its travellers at an affordable cost. While not as large or famous as Cunard or P&O, the Anchor Line built up a reputation for value and became well-known for employing some of the finest marine artists of the day to create its beautiful posters.

With the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s, the Anchor Line struggled but with new management soon regained its footing.  Following World War II, however, it struggled once again to change with the times. Its core markets gradually disappeared with the expansion of air transport. The company restructured several times to try and stay abreast of events but the last Anchor line ships were finally withdrawn from service in 1980 and the company was no more.

What we have left today are such precious momentos from the once glorious Anchor Line. Found at market in northern England, we are pleased to offer this shining Coffee Pot produced exclusively for the Anchor Line by Britain's great Elkington Silversmiths. Date code stamped with its year of manufacture - 1925, we find this particular pot with its handsome silver presence and rich history to be a special and storied piece of the romance of the bygone era of Steamship Travel.

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

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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