Drake Hotel - Chicago - 16 oz. Ornate Silver Coffee Pot
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Sold Date: 08/11/2010
Channel: Online Auction
is an outstanding 1963 very ornate and large 6 ¾” tall by 8 ¼” wide (from the tip of the spout across the opposite side of the handle) 16 oz. coffee pot / coffee server made for the famous Drake Hotel located in Chicago Illinois. Anything from the Drake is considered scarce, but for a large 16 oz. coffee pot, this is an extremely rare item.
Historically, The Drake was originated and owned by Hotel magnets and brothers, John Drake and Tracy Drake. The magnificent hotel was completed and opened on New Years Eve in 1920. The impressive Italian Renaissance style 800-room hotel was designed by the architectural firm of Marshall and Fox (Ben Marshall) and become one of Chicago leading luxury hotels.
Located downtown Chicago on the Lakeside of the famed Michigan Avenue, the hotel has had many notable guest over the years. These included heads of states, movie stars, politicians, and so on. Some of the guest included British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, movie stars Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland, performer Frank Sinatra, and even New York Yankees Joe DiMaggio, to name just a few of the many famous persons to call upon the hotel. Who knows what famous person was served coffee from this during the 1960’s.
The hotel was also home of the original studios of radio station WGN, when the station was renamed from WDAP in 1924. The hotel also was home to one of Chicago’s most famous restaurant, the Cape Code Room. The hotel was also in close proximity to the famous Navy Pier and the Oak Street Beach, in addition to many other social centers and business locations in downtown. Today, the magnificent hotel remains as one of Chicago’s best hotels.
This coffee pot would have been used in one of the hotel’s dining rooms, lounges / restaurant, or for room service, and would have seen service in connection with the Drake Hotel china and glassware for actual table service. It is the heavyweight type Steamship, Lunch Counter, and Railroad silverplate. The coffee pot is very ornate in it’s style, with a fancy handle, Empire style mounts in the middle and top, and has a large finial atop the lid. The exterior has the usual usage scratches, some minor indentations from usage, a larger indentation atop the handle (w the finial rest atop the handle), and some wear. The inside has significant silver plate loss and scratching, but has been cleaned. The lid is firmly attached, but the pin in the hinge is slightly loose and movable, however, it stay in. The top of the handle also has an indentation on it w the lid has rested over the years. The handle is firmly attached and its design greatly enhances the look of the coffee pot. It was made by the International Silver Co., is silver soldered, has the catalog number of 05086, is marked 16 oz., has the datemark of 1963, and has in large lettering “THE DRAKE – CHICAGO”.
A wonderful addition to your Home Furnishing – Home Decorating, Hotel Silver, Creamer / Teapot / Pitcher, or Chicago Hotel collection. The digital images do not show the original item that well. The actual item looks much better than what the digital images shows it as. Buyer to prepay item along with $8.99, which includes shipping, packing, and handling in the United States. Multiple orders can qualify for combined shipping to save on shipping cost. Payment must be received within Ten (10) days from the end of the auction. No returns on any items. All sales are final and items are sold “as-is”. I cannot be responsible for emails that are sent but blocked by servers with spam filters. If you cannot contact or do not hear from me, please contact me through eBay. International buyers please note, import duties, taxes and charges are not included in the item price or shipping charges. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding/buying. Please also see the many other hotel silver items I am offering that may be of interest to you. Thanks!
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