Operational Items - Catering
The Railways realised from the earliest days that providing food and
drink for their passengers would provide a useful extra income and
so the Companies introduced Railway Hotels, Station Refreshment
Rooms and Restaurant Cars on trains.
most commonly occurring items are Silver plated Railway Cutlery and
serving utensils, crockery and Cooking pots. Most of these items are
marked with the Company name and often the Hotel for which they were
provided. There are also a wide range of other collectables
including such items as napkins, tablecloths, Menus etc.
China Milk Jug
"Art Deco" China Tea Pot
you are interested in making a collection of Catering items we would
suggest that you either build up a table setting of silver plated
items including cutlery or else a collection of useable crockery
that is functional and also reflects your railway interests. These
sort of items can be picked up quite cheaply unless you go for the
early pre Grouping companies where some prices can be very high.
silverware is readily available, attractive and reasonably priced so
would make a good starting point. A selection of items are shown
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