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Vintage Silverplate Elders & Fyffes Sugar Basin

Vintage Silverplate Elders & Fyffes Sugar Basin


Work all night on a drink of rum
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Stack banana till de morning come
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Come, Mister tally man, tally me banana
Daylight come and me wan' go home...
Lift six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch
Daylight come and me wan' go home...


Founded in 1902, Elders & Fyffes was a British banana importer operating steamship service between the U.K. and the West Indies. Offering limited passenger service as well, Elders & Fyffes played a significant part in bringing the first tourists to Jamaica.

With as many as 36 ships in its fleet in 1932, Elders & Fyffes would experience many difficulties in the years ahead including floods and hurricanes in Jamaica, the global Great Depression and finally during World War II, the total ban on the importation of bananas into the U.K. for 5 long years.

Following the war, Elders & Fyffes regularly carried distinguished passengers, including Queen Victoria's granddaughter, Princess Alice who was the Chancellor of the University of the West Indies and visited regularly. 

From the silver markets of northern England, we are so pleased to have found this magnificent Vintage Silverplate Sugar Basin produced exclusively for the Elders & Fyffes Shipping Company.  With its richly storied history, this handsome piece will surely become one of the favored pieces in all your collection.

Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. 4 3/4" x 5".

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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