Manufacturer: Syracuse China
User: Benjamin Franklin Hotel – Philadelphia, PA
Date of service plate: circa 1920s
Notes: The Benjamin Franklin Hotel opened in January 1925 at 9th & Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The eighteen-story, 1,200-room hotel originally was designed by Horace Trumbauer.
The hotel was "Philadelphia's social center for the finest in food, entertainment and dancing" and home of the Garden Terrace supper room, Coral Cafe, the Kite and Key cocktail lounge, and a Ballroom that could accommodate 1,800.
In the mid-1980s the hotel was renovated and reopened as the Benjamin Franklin House, consisting of 412 apartments. It was known as The Franklin Residences in 2011.
Larry Paul's 20th Century Hotel Research Database
Restaurant China, Vol. 2, by Barbara J. Conroy
Hotel Red Books
White body service plate with coin gold line and wide floral band on the rim with another coin gold line on the verge. The well of the plate has a reproduction image of Benjamin Franklin by Duplessis.
ID and photos contributed by dbstoneware