Antique Silver Plate Cake Stand from Ocean Liner Leviathan
Your ‘high-tea’ silver plate stand, designed to be ladened with tea cakes and plumped scones.
Built in 1914 as the Vaterland for Germany’s Hamburg-American Line, the ocean liner Leviathan was seized during WW I by the Americans and operated as a troopship. In 1922-23, it was reconditioned and became the flagship of the new United States Lines, which operated until 1929, the time of luxurious travel and dining. However, as a result of high operating costs and low Depression-era patronage, the Leviathan was sold to Scottish shipbreakers in 1938 and dismantled.
The Art Deco stand, with stylish braided top, is Marked LEVIATHAN PLATE. a trademark of Birmingham company S.J.Levi & co, active 1900-1930.