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Vintage Silverplate Royal Air Force Cruet Set

Vintage Silverplate Royal Air Force Cruet Set


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"Through Adversity to the Stars"

Founded in 1918, the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom is the oldest independent air force in the world. With the First World War coming to a close, the Royal Air Force was formed by the joining of the British Army's air division - the Royal Flying Corps, as well as the Royal Naval Air Service.  Combined, those air divisions became the largest independent air force at that time. 

Its mission statement  was simple: to provide "...An agile, adaptable and capable Air Force that, person for person, is second to none..."  That mission statement was put to the test during World War II in what is likely the longest and most complicated air campaign in history: the Battle of Britain.  Indeed, the Royal Air Force's steely determination is credited with stopping Hitler's plans for an invasion of the United Kingdom.  Although they were outnumbered against the German Luftwaffe, the Royal Air Force fearlessly defended the skies over Britain against a relentless onslaught for nearly 4 months, bringing about a crucial turning point in the war.

Describing the heroism of the Royal Air Force during that epic battle, Winston Churchill said "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."

Found at market in the north of England, we are so pleased to offer a magnificent Vintage Silverplate Condiment Caddy produced for use in the officer's dining hall of the British Royal Air Force. With the original glass cruet, caster, salt cellar and mustard pot, this handsome set is crested with the Royal Air Force's RAF monogram.  Produced by Britain's venerable Walker and Hall Silversmiths, it is certain to be a treasured addition to your collection and serve you proudly just as it did for the officers of the Royal Air Force.

Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. Caddy measures 6" x 6 1/8". Oil Cruet measures 4 3/4", Salt Cellar 2 1/2", Mustard Jar 3 1/8", Pepper 3 1/8". In very good vintage condition with a few small discreet chips in the glass of the mustard pot, caster and cruet.  

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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