Manufacturer: Scammell China Company
User: Barclay Hotel – Philadelphia
Distributor: John Wanamaker
Date of china service: 1929
Notes: The Barclay Hotel, on Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia opened October 1929. It is a 21-story building that had over 600 rooms. The Barclay catered to wealthy guests with a dining room and a ballroom. In 1994 the Barclay was converted into condos.
Scammell China was commissioned to design and produce the custom china service for The Barclay. This pattern has an outer border of white scrolls on a light blue background. Below the blue band is another band of red, blue, and brown flowers, with green leaves. A band of staggered brown rectangles and dots completes the border at the edge of the verge. Rim edges are trimmed with coin gold lines. Handled cream soup cups and square Manhattan-shape salad bowls are part of this china service. Bedrooms were furnished with china that included pin trays with the same border.
John Wanamaker was the distributor of this china, and Sterling China continued to produce the pattern after Scammell closed in 1954.
Scammell was so proud of this pattern that they featured it in two full-page advertisements in Hotel Management magazine. Table settings appear in a 1931 Wallace & Sons silverware advertisement in Hotel Management.
Hotel Management (trade journal), 1929 & 1931
Author and photos: Larry Paul