Subseries - Canadian Pacific Railway Company artifacts

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Canadian Pacific Railway Company artifacts

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Subseries consists of artefacts collected from Canadian Pacific trains, ships, and hotels, such as furniture and dinnerware with unique designs manufactured for use by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company. This subseries also includes items produced by the C.P.R. to be sold to passengers as souvenirs. Many of the artefacts in this subseries were retrieved from the bottom of the ocean, such as a newel post from the steamship Empress of Japan, salvaged after the ship was scrapped in the Burrard Inlet, and dishware discarded by C.P.R. steamship kitchen staff too tired to finish washing up at the end of the night, salvaged by a scuba diver in the 1970s and 1980s. A highlight of this subseries is the shipbuilder's model of the steamship Empress of Asia, originally built in 1913 and purchased by Dr. Chung in 1993; the model was very damaged and was painstakingly restored by Dr. Chung over the next six years.

These artefacts are incredibly varied and include ceramic dinnerware and vessels produced for daily use on board C.P.R. ships, such as plates, teacups, soup bowls, egg cups, serving dishes, chamber pots, and wash basins; silverware marked with C.P.R. designs, such as serving dishes, trays, teapots, platters, pitchers, butter dishes, and a full range of flatware; glassware such as drinking glasses, water carafes, and vases; and furnishings, such as a ship’s chart table, firehose nozzles, signage, oil lamps, wool blankets, a trunk, and railway station clocks. Souvenirs found among this subseries are equally varied and include tableware and flatware, postcards, playing cards, luggage stickers, letter openers, cuff links, bars of soap, a passport from 1925, and a section of a steel rail from the original Canadian Pacific Railway. Also included are a small number of items from Canadian Pacific staff uniforms, such as hat badges and buttons.

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