Hotel Astor - 1904 - Footed Ornate Silver Teapot

is a very rare 1904 silver plate ornate footed teapot from the Hotel Astor in New York City, which the teapot also has the rare markings of Muschenheim on the bottom of it. I'm certain that this teapot was from the original order of silver plate that was ordered for the hotel's opening in 1904. Just about anything from the Hotel Astor in silver plate is considered rare, but finding an early piece like this with the actual owners name on the bottom of it make it even rare. The Hotel Astor was opened in the fall of 1904 by the two German immigrant brothers, William and Frederick Muschenheim. The hotel was located in what was to become the Times Square area of New York. The land that the hotel was built upon was leased from William Waldorf Astor and the hotel was named after the Astor family. The hotel had the famous German Hunting Lodge, French Parlor, The Palm Garden -"L'Orangerie (done in a Mediterranean theme), the famous Roof Garden (this was truly a sight to be seen), and the Indian Grill Room. The hotel was also located directly behind the historic Minskoff Theater and located on Broadway between 44th and 45th Street; which it was advertised as being in the center of New York's social and business activities at Longachre, which again, was soon to be called Times Square. The hotel itself was a beautiful 11-story French Renaissance ... read more