Salt, Pepper, Paprika Caster Set
The condiment holder was for sale on ebay with the following description:
Here is a very rare 1920’s era bottom marked Salt, Pepper & Paprika caster set for the Foor & Robinson Hotels. The Foor & Robinson Hotels were a result of the William Foor Hotel Co. and the Robinson Hotel Co. merging to become the Foor & Robinson Hotel Co. Some of the hotels that used this pattern included the Kimbal House in Atlanta Georgia, the Hotel Cleveland in Spartanburg North Carolina, the O. Henry at Greensboro North Carolina, the Francis Marion in Charleston, SC, the George W. Vanderbuilt in Ashville NC, the John Sevier in Johnson City Tennessee, the George Washington in Washington PA, the Cumberland in Bridgeton New Jersey, the Garfield Grant in Long Branch NJ; the Leverich Towers Hotel in New York City, the McAllister in Miami Florida, and the Great Southern Hotel in Columbus Ohio. This caster is not a souvenir; rather, this was actual silver plate that would have been used in the Hotel’s restaurant, lounge, café, or for room service and would have also been used in connection with the hotel china for table settings. It was distributed by the Albert Pick & Company of Bridgeport Connecticut, is silver soldered, and is marked on the bottom “Property of the the Foor & Robinson Hotels”. This is the heavyweight type Railroad, Steamship, and Restaurant type silverplate. It has the usual usage scratches, etc., but overall looks great. The glass shakers do have a moderate amount of chipping to the bottoms of them (from usage), 2 have a cloudy color to the glass, and the silver plate tops do have some corrosion. The holder itself does have pitting and some silver plate loss to the inside. However overall, this is still a very rare caster set and it does looks wonderful. It has been properly cleaned and is ready to display in your Wm Foors, Robinson Hotel, Caster, Salt and Pepper, or silverplate collection. The digital images do not show the original silver item that well. The digital images do not show the original silver item that well. The actual item looks much better than what the digital images shows it as.
The item's starting bid, in late November of 2005, was $9.99, and after 13 bids sold for $63.75 on December 3, 2005.
The following pictures were used by permission from the seller.