Large Silverplated COPLEY PLAZA Boston Coffee Pitcher

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  • Item Category: Metals
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Aug 17,2008
  • Channel: Online Auction
Full size double wall "insulated" coffee pitcher from the Copley Plaza of Boston. Engraved in the front with the hotel logo and "The Copley Plaza", "BOSTON". This is a rare vintage silver plate or possibly nickel plate over nickel with brass handle restaurant ware coffee pitcher. Marked on bottom as "STANLEY", "It will not Break", "Landers, Frary, & Clark", "New Britain, Conn. USA", and "Patent No. D.69311". Hinged flip open lid that open automatically from gravity when pouring. Measures 8 inches tall and 4 3/4 inches in diameter. Weighs 2 1/4 pounds when empty. Very well made of heavy silver plate or nickel plate over nickel and brass. This is from an old restaurant ware collection that I recently acquired and I will be listing pieces from hotels, restaurants, clubs, and train rail lines. Excellent condition showing moderate use. Excellent condition.

Copley Plaza

The Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel (or Copley Plaza as it is colloquially known) is a four-star hotel in downtown Boston , Massachusetts owned by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.

It opened in 1912 on St. James Avenue and defines the south side of Copley Square . Mayor of Boston John F. Fitzgerald (President Kennedy's grandfather) presided over a reception of over 1,000 national dignitaries, civic leaders, captains of industry, and stage and movie stars.

The Copley Plaza 's opening was so popular and anticipated that rooms had been booked as early as 16 months in advance. The total cost to open the hotel was an extravagant sum of $5.5 million, and as one newspaper noted, "The opening presented to Boston one of the most colorful and brilliant pictures the city has ever seen. It marked a new era in hotel-keeping, not only in Boston , but in the entire country."

The Copley Plaza was built on the original site of the Museum of Fine Arts . Named in honor of John Singleton Copley, the American painter, it stands with the Boston Public Library, Trinity Church , and Old South Church as one of the architectural landmarks of the Copley Square . The hotel's architect was Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, who also designed other famous hotels, including the Willard Hotel in Washington D.C. and The Plaza in New York City, The Copley Plaza's sister hotel.

Though many decades have passed since The Plaza and The Copley Plaza opened, today's visitors would have an experience very similar to visitors in 1912. Much of the classical architecture and decor have been preserved, including the famous back-to-back "P" monogram that appears throughout both hotels today.

The seven floor hotel is constructed of limestone and buff brick in the Beaux-Arts style. The E-shaped building s strongly supported by pilings driven to a depth of 70 feet (21 m) below the street level.

In 1979, a fire broke out at the Copley Plaza Hotel, in which media mogul Sumner Redstone survived by hanging from a third-story window. His hand was partially paralyzed from the fire. Daylight director Ron Cohen was also caught in and rescued from the same fire. Frederick Kerry (born Fritz Kohn), the paternal grandfather of John Kerry, committed suicide with a gunshot to the head in the restroom of this hotel in 1921.

The Copley Plaza is also recognized as an innovator in the hotel industry. The hotel is known for these industry firsts: the first hotel completely air-conditioned hotel in Boston , the first hotel with an international reservations system, and the first to accept credit cards.

Since its early days, The Copley Plaza Hotel has been host to many famous citizens. Every U.S. President since William Howard Taft has visited the hotel. Royalty from Greece , Thailand , Abyssinia , Saudi Arabia , Iran , Belgium , Denmark , and England have visited the hotel. Celebrities including Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Dorothy Lewis, Frank Sinatra, and Luciano Pavarotti have also been guests. In addition, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton chose the Copley Plaza for their second honeymoon.

The entrance hallway has been called Peacock Alley since...

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