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Vintage Silverplate William Penn Hotel Coffee Pot

Vintage Silverplate William Penn Hotel Coffee Pot

$250.00

Every large city in the United States gladly calls one of their stately old hotels the "Grand Dame" of all their city's hotels. In New York it's probably The Plaza, in Chicago The Drake, in San Francisco The Palace and in Pittsburgh, it's definitely the William Penn Hotel.  More than any other hotel in Pittsburgh, the William Penn's history is completely intertwined with that of the city's.  

The William Penn opened in March of 1916 in downtown Pittsburgh with all the fanfare that one would expect. At the time, the 23 story structure was hailed as the Grandest Hotel in the nation - and that claim was probably not far from the truth. Staffed with 800 employees, the hotel had its own butcher, baker, print shop which produced its ads and menus, its own silversmith and locksmith. It had a billiards room for the gentlemen, a barber shop, a beauty shop and a drug store. The hotel even produced its own line of "penny candy" on site, the Wilpentel candy.

The hotel was built by industrialist steel giant, Henry Clay Frick - who interestingly had booked passage on the Titanic four years earlier, but when his wife fell ill before their trip, cancelled his crossing.

In 1929, the hotel underwent a massive expansion with brought its room total up to 1,600 and made it the largest hotel outside of New York or Chicago.  Over the years, the William Penn has played host to countless celebrities and visiting dignitaries. Everyone from John F. Kennedy, to Michael Jackson; from Liberace to the Dalai Lama. Every sitting U.S. President since Theodore Roosevelt has stayed at the William Penn. A then-unknown Lawrence Welk performed his "champagne music" in the William Penn's various ball rooms and the hotel's engineers actually constructed Welk's first iconic bubble machine.

Today, the William Penn still stands as graceful as ever in downtown Pittsburgh.  Proud of her heritage and role within the city and looking forward to another 100 years of elegant and gracious hospitality.

From the William Penn hotel, we are pleased to offer this handsome vintage silverplate coffeepot. Produced in 1925 exclusively for the hotel, it features the hotel's coat of arms crest on its side. This lovely pot with its richly storied past, will certainly be a treasured addition to your silver collection.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. 5 1/2" x 6 3/8" spout to handle. In good original condition with the usual signs of age and use, including wear to the silver over the coat of arms crest as shown in the alternate images.

 

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