Can you picture anything more luxurious than high tea in the famous Drake Hotel's lobby during the height of the jazz age? We really can't either.
Since the 1920s, The Drake Hotel has epitomized the ultimate in unmatched luxury hospitality. It was the first hotel in Chicago to have air conditioning AND color televisions in every room!
We're so pleased to offer this incredibly elegant silver-plated tea pot. Made by one of the world's leading silver-plating companies, Gorham, the piece features a number of hallmarks on the underside, but features the Drake Hotel's insignia on the front.
Gorham Silver was found in 1831, in Providence, Rhode Island by Jabez Gorham. The company would soar to success during from the 1850s to the 1940s, a time when silver manufacturing was in its heyday in America.
The hinged lid opens and closes easily. The substance that this teapot offers is just fantastic.
There a number of hallmarks on the underside of the piece, the first of which reads "The Drake, 440 Park Avenue, N.Y." This is followed by "Gorham" and the company's logo (an anchor), along with the letters "E.P." (for electroplate) and "Silver Soldered". The number "29" is on the left side of these marks and indicates the design while a sailboat adorns the opposite side.
From 1885 to 1933, Gorham used pictorial marks to represent a certain piece's year of manufacture.
The sailboat stamped into the underside of this teapot indicates that it was manufactured in 1926, the same year as the Drake Hotel's founding.
A small "x" inside of a circle indicates that this was a special order. The last two marks read "04004" and "16 oz" (for 16 ounces).
This iconic teapot is in exquisite condition and shows a rich patina. There are some light nicks and surface scratches which only add to its age and utility. Think of the fabulous "beautiful" people that were served with this great piece.
The collectability of Gorham silver-plated items compounded with the wonderful American history of the iconic "The Drake", make it a must-have for the discerning collector.
Measurements: Height: 5 ¼" Base measures 3 ¼" long, 2 ½' wide Teapot measures 8 ¼" from spout to handle, 3 ¾" wide Weight: 1 lb., 10 oz.
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