Waldorf-Astoria Amnesty Program... agree or disagree?
Are you a hotel silver or china collector?
The legendary Waldorf-Astoria has launched an amnesty program to recover some of its history.
The hotel is specifically seeking silverware, ashtrays and other items that guests "checked out" with their luggage from the years before 1960.
This is what the hotel is asking, "Returned items should include a brief description, date when the item was taken and the guest's associated memories. The Amnesty Program has been developed as an expansion of the famed hotel's efforts to expand its archives and existing historical gallery, "Host to the World," located beside the main lobby. Valuable items hoping to be retrieved include silver, such as demitasse spoons used during the hotel's supper club years, ashtrays, linens, etc."
Now here's where I disagree. What if it wasn't your Aunt Hazel that lifted that sugar bowl? How would you even know if that teapot you're looking at was once part of a theft from 60 years ago? I can't imagine guests leaving the Waldorf with big serving trays and food domes stashed under their arms.
Many times hotels hotel auctions to dispense of old and used pieces of hotelware to replace them with new ones. I've acquired many pieces from auction houses in this manner. Furthermore, I have no idea where most of my old pieces of hotel silver are from. I have found them along the way.
What do you think about this amnesty program?