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Vintage Silverplate Port Line Soup Tureen

Vintage Silverplate Port Line Soup Tureen

$995.00

Considered by many to have the finest cargo and passenger liners in the world, the Port Line began in 1914 with four different shipping companies combining to form the Commonwealth & Dominion Line. Purchased in 1916 by the famed Cunard Line, their 23 ships primarily sailed from the United Kingdom to ports in Australia and New Zealand.  By 1937, the official name of the company was changed to Port Line and their service expanded to also include the Far East and the Pacific coast of North America. 

Port Line ships all proudly bore the 'prefix' Port: from Port Adelaide to Port Wyndham, her noble liners majestically sailed under the Port Line flag until the last two ships were sold in 1982 ending the last vestiges of the once-mighty Port Line.

Found at market outside of London, a magnificent Vintage Silverplate Soup Tureen made exclusively for use aboard the Port Line ships.  Side-marked on both the tureen and the lid with Port Line's noble crest, the piece was produced by Britain's venerable Elkington Silversmiths in 1948.  This wonderful tureen is a lasting treasure from the romantic era of ocean voyage and the glorious ships of the Port Line.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. 10" x 13" handle to handle. In very good original vintage 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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