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Vintage Silverplate S.Y. Arlette Bowl

Vintage Silverplate S.Y. Arlette Bowl



When it comes to pedigree, some yachts simply have it in spades. Case in point: the sleek, classic yacht docked in the Port of Monaco belonging to Princess Caroline. Today, the yacht bears the name Pacha III (a combination of Caroline's three children, Pierre, Andrea and Charlotte), but it began its life 85 years earlier as S.Y. Arlette.

Designed by Charles E. Nicholson, the premier architect of luxury yachts during the glamorous interwar years, the S.Y. (an abbreviation for Steam Yacht) Arlette was designed to be nothing less than exceptional. Her owner was British professional footballer Walter Crook who had demanded his yacht be the best. When completed, the S.Y. Arlette was hailed as, ‘A new motor yacht which one feels confident cannot fail to meet the demands of the most exacting enthusiast.’

Launched in August of 1936, Walter Crook was barely able to enjoy the Arlette before he was forced to part company with her. With the outbreak of WWII, the Royal Navy called her into service in 1940 as an examination vessel protecting the port of Falmouth. Post-war she would be restored and migrated south to become Mediterranean based.

With various well-heeled owners over the years (from car manufacturer, Jean-Louis Renault to French expressionist painter, Bernard Buffet), the Arlette eventually caught the eye of Princess Caroline who recognized the classic yacht's original beauty. She acquired the tired Arlette in 1989 and commissioned the restoration that would return the storied yacht to elegant condition for its new home in the glittering Port of Monaco.

With a romance and provenance that is sure to captivate, we are pleased to have found a collection of gleaming serving pieces used aboard the S.Y. Arlette. Commissioned by Walter Crook and produced for Arlette's launch, this Bowl was made by Britain's venerable Elkington Silversmiths of Sheffield. Designed originally as an elegant ice cream dish, it is also perfect as a bowl for salted nuts, garnishes on the bar, as a sugar bowl, a bowl for jam or condiments...the possibilities are endless!

Stamped with the name S.Y. Arlette, this handsome bowl was used aboard the yacht through its many years of service, until Princess Caroline undertook the complete restoration of the vessel. With a history all its own, it promises to add a new, glamorous chapter to the rich stories told by your silver collection.

Strictly limited quantities (at listing, a total of 3 bowls are available) and subject to prior sale. Bowls are sold individually. In very good vintage condition. Each bowl measures 3"H x 4.5"D.

Learn More About Walter Crook

Walter Crook was born in 1913 in the English town of Whittle-le-Woods. He began his professional football career in 1931 when he signed for the First Division Blackburn Rovers, a football club in Blackburn, Lancashire, England. He spent his first three seasons mostly on the sidelines, making only 4 appearances, before his eventual emergence into first team play in December 1934. From then he was ever-present on the pitch for four whole seasons, until peacetime football was abandoned in September of 1939 due to the outbreak of the Second World War. Still today, Walter Crook holds the record for most consecutive Football League appearances by a Blackburn Rovers player: 208 between 1934 and 1946.

He helped Blackburn Rovers win the Second Division Championship in 1939, and made one wartime international appearance for England in a 3-2 win over Wales in November 1939. At the end of the War he returned to play, making 23 appearances for Blackburn Rovers in the first season of peacetime football. 

He retired from playing in the summer of 1948 and then embarked on a career in football coaching and management. Crook managed teams in Holland before he returned to England in 1951 to become manager of Accrington Stanley, where he stayed until 1953. He continued to manage teams in both Holland and England until 1955 when he ended his career in professional football. 

Learn More About Princess Caroline

Princess Caroline of Hannover (often referred to as Princess Caroline of Monaco) was born in January 1957 - the eldest child of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco and the beloved Hollywood actress-turned princess, Grace Kelly.

When Princess Grace tragically died in a 1982 Monaco car crash, her elder daughter Caroline blossomed into the tiny principality's new first lady. At the request of her father, Prince Rainier, she took on a number of high-profile roles, including those she holds with the Princess Grace Foundation and the Red Cross.

Despite constant media attention her entire life, Caroline has rarely given interviews, preferring to let her philanthropic work speak for itself. In 2003 Caroline was chosen as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, in recognition of her "personal commitment to the protection of children and the family".

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