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Vintage Silverplate Manchester Lines Teapot

Vintage Silverplate Manchester Lines Teapot

$175.00

Formed in 1897 after the opening of the Manchester Ship Canal allowed ocean-going ships to reach the city's busy port, the Manchester Liners began with routes to Canada particularly for the cattle trade. In the years that followed, routes to the coastal cities of the southern United States, such as Galveston and New Orleans, were also established to bring cotton to the great mills of Lancashire, England.

Services to the Great Lakes cities of Toronto, Chicago and Milwaukee started in 1952 and although the company primarily offered cargo service, many of its ships also had accommodation for a limited number of passengers. By 1985, Manchester Liners were no longer able to compete with the much larger container ships and sadly ceased operations.

From the great ships of the Manchester Liners, we are proud to present this handsome silverplate teapot produced by Walker and Hall Silversmiths of Sheffield, England. With the Manchester Liners Ltd. name within a belt and buckle crest on the side of the pot, this charming piece carries with it the storied history of this once-great shipping company.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In good restored condition. 4 3/8" x 6 7/8".

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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