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Vintage Silverplate Oceanliner Ice Bucket - Shaw, Savill & Albion Line

Vintage Silverplate Oceanliner Ice Bucket - Shaw, Savill & Albion Line

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"The Flag That Circles the World"

Founded in 1882, the Shaw, Savill & Albion Line (S S & A) was a shipping company that connected the United Kingdom with her far-flung colony of New Zealand. The company was actually formed when former shipping rivals, the Shaw, Savill & Company of London and the Albion Line of Glasgow, joined forces. Both companies had been operating passenger and cargo ships to New Zealand out of separate British ports and eventually combined their operations to compete with a newly formed New Zealand Shipping Company that had become the hometown favorite.

The UK-New Zealand shipping route was one of the last to convert from sail to steam. The early steamships needed to carry so much coal to fuel the long voyage that there was scarcely room for any additional cargo. Eventually as steam ships became more efficient, the 9 month journey by sail was reduced to approximately 45 days by steam. Using ships outfitted with refrigeration systems, the Shaw, Savill & Albion Line is credited with playing a large part in the growth of New Zealand by transporting the country's prized beef, frozen to the United Kingdom.  Leaving New Zealand, the ships were loaded with frozen beef and on the voyage out of England, the ships were carrying ambitious British immigrants dreaming of starting a new life in the distant colony.

In the 1950s, the Shaw, Savill & Albion Line famously offered their 75 day around-the-world service with their great ships The Southern Cross and its sister, The Northern Cross. The journey left Southampton, England, making stops in Trinidad, Curacao, Panama, Tahiti, Fiji, Auckland, Wellington, Sydney, Melbourne, Fremantle, Durban, Cape Town, Las Palmas and back to Southampton.

From one of the great shipping lines whose "flag circled the world", we are so pleased to offer this handsome, Vintage Silverplate Ice Bucket made exclusively for the Shaw, Savill & Albion Line.  With its elegant swing handle and streamlined deco styling, this beautiful bucket is a magnificent treasure from the great era of ocean liner travel.  Side-marked with the S S & A crest, this rare bucket will be a wonderful addition to your silver collection and take center stage on your bar.

Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. 5" 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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