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Vintage Silverplate Port Line Steamship Drinks Tray

Vintage Silverplate Port Line Steamship Drinks Tray


Considered by many to have the finest cargo and passenger liners in the world, the Port Line began in 1914 when four different shipping companies combined 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, this gleaming Vintage Silverplate Drinks Tray was made exclusively for use aboard the Port Line ships.  Marked at center with Port Line's noble house flag crest, the top surface of the tray is detailed with a swirling "engine-turned" pattern which was done to prevent glassware from sliding while at high sea and had the added benefit of hiding inevitable surface scratches. Produced by Britain's venerable Elkington silversmiths, the tray is date code stamped with its year of manufacture: 1961.

The perfect tray for any well-equipped home (or yacht) bar, this wonderful serving piece 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. 12"D. In very good vintage condition.

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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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