Vintage Palmer House Hotel, Chicago Ice Bucket
This amazing silver plate ice bucket is from from the historic Palmer House Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. It was acquired from a long time collector of rare hotel, railroad and steamship silver pieces.
The hotel opened in 1875, and is a has been dubbed the longest continuously operating hotel in North America. By the turn of the century, the Palmer House had become Chicago’s liveliest social center, hosting a long list of prominent figures—including those ranging from U.S. presidents to Charles Dickens to Oscar Wilde.
The bucket is truly stunning in person. It is footed with gorgeous rims, a raised crest on the front, and a gorgeous decorative handle. I've never come across a bucket with a shape and style like this.
It measures 8-3/4" tall and the diameter and 8" at its widest point. The opening is 6-1/4" in diameter. Nice, heavy piece with a bright and shiny butler's' finish with light pitting commensurate with age. A very heavy piece!
Manufactured by Reed & Barton and stamped "Palmer House". Dates to the early part of the 20th century.
Hotel silver ice buckets are becoming quite scarce and this is an amazing piece for your collection!
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