Manufacturer: Buffalo China
User: Bismarck Hotel
Date of pickle shells: 1915-1927
Date of bouillon: 1926-1931
Notes: The first Bismarck Hotel in Chicago, Ill., was four floors and 200 rooms, built in 1894 by the three Eitel Brothers. In 1914, because of the unpopularity of the name during World War I, the hotel was renamed The Randolph Hotel. In 1924, the original Bismarck which had been renamed The Randoplh Hotel was razed and construction began on a new 600-room Bismarck Hotel at 171 West Randolph Street. Included in the new hotel were the 2,500-seat Vaudeville Palace Theatre and the 20-story Metropolitan Office Building.
The hotel stayed in the Eitel family until 1956 when it was purchased by the Wirtz family who installed air conditioning, automatic elevators and telephones. In 1996, the hotel was sold and after a $31 million facelift, it reopened in 1998 as the Hotel Allegro Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel.
Red-lined pickle shells 1915-1927, backstamped made especially for the Bismarck Hotel. Given their backstamps, the shells were probably used at the second Bismarck Hotel.
White body bouillon with red band border, topmarked with the Bismarck Hotel logo in red. Buffalo China also produced similar white body, red band border plates that were backstamped for the Bismarck Hotel, but without the topmark/logo.
Bouillon cup photos contributed by reddygal