The Robert Driscoll Hotel in Corpus Christi, TX opened on May 25, 1942. It was built by philanthropist Clara Driscoll, known as “The Savior of the Alamo,” and named in honor of her deceased brother Robert. The 17 story hotel was the tallest building in Corpus Christi and luxurious in every way. Clara lived in a penthouse suite boasting 12 bathrooms.
The cruet set has a base measuring just under 6 ½” long and 3” wide. It is approximately 7” tall. The glass cruets are about 4 ½” tall and both have cork stoppers.
The bottom is marked ROBERT DRISCOLL HOTEL, then the IS trademark, then INTERNATIONAL SILVER CO., SILVER SOLDERED, 0204C, then the number 41 in a box.
Condition is very good with the usual minor nicks soldered silver acquires with use. It polished up beautifully. The cruets have a bit of roughness on the edges but no chips or cracks. They are identical except the bottom of one has an elongated diamond shape in the center and either a 6 or a 9. The other one has a star with 24 above it and 1 below it.
The Robert Driscoll Hotel was closed in 1970 and the magnificent façade was stripped off the building and replaced by black granite. The building still stands as a bank and office building.
This is a wonderful piece of Texas history and a memento of a bygone era of elegance.
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