Rare Early 1900s Bernstein's Fish Grotto, San Francisco Ice Bucket
From my personal collection, a rare small silver plate ice bucket from Bernstein's Fish Grotto in San Francisco.
Located at 123 Powell Street, near the end of the cable car line, Bernstein's Fish Grotto opened in 1912. It was known for its unique entrance, a ship's bow jutting into the sidewalk. It was intended to be a reproduction of Christopher Columbus' ship Niña. Inside the restaurant, the marine theme continued. Bernstein's Fish Grotto closed in 1981.
The bucket is quite heavy and measures 5-3/4" tall not including the handle and the opening is 5-1/4" in diameter. It measures 10" tall with the handle up.
The exterior has a beautiful, bright patina. It's engraved, "Bernstein's Fish Grotto" and has a floral raised motif on the front.
Manufactured by International Silver Company and dated 1926.
This is a quite rare and collectible piece of San Francisco history!