Shipping companies operating passenger ships have always had a need for silverware, cookware and the like on board.
From the very first coastal express voyages at the end of the nineteenth century, passengers were divided into classes, with different ticket prices and different conditions on board
If you traveled in third class on the first ships, you had access to a communal kitchen and could sleep on deck.
In first class, however, everyone got separate cabins and, there was, of course, a well-equipped dining room.
Silverware, glassware and stoneware were made especially for each shipping company
The shipping companies often had logos or the name of the shipping company engraved on every single piece of cutlery and glassware
Certain shipping companies even had their silverware made with the ship’s name engraved on it
Such as this sugar bowl, where you can clearly read that it was made especially to be able to offer sugar in the tea to the guests of the steamship SS Sanct Svithun
Among the many companies that had the honor of producing silverware for the Coastal Express ships along our coast, we can mention the Austrian company Arthur Krupp Berndorfer Metallwarenfarik established in 1843
Both Stavagerske- and Vesteraalens dampskibsselskab made orders with them
The British company Walker & Hall from Sheffield, established in 1845 produced both for Stavanger and Bergen Dampskibsselskab
The Hurtigrute Museum has many plates from BDS and Walker & Hall
The Birmingham company Barker Brothers for a while made silverware for Nordenfjeldske Dampskibsselskab
In the title of this piece we used the term silverware
The correct term is of course silver stain, sometimes referred to as “hotel silver”
So what could make more sense than ending with this creamer belonging to Bergenske Dampskibsselskab, produced in Germany by Gebrüder Hepp in Pforzheim, the company where Carl Hepp developed silver stain for the first time in 1871
All objects pictured are part of the Hurtigrutemuseums collection