Manufacturer: Syracuse China
User: Hotel Blackhawk
Date of service plate: April 1915
Date of bowl: 1929
Pattern of bowl: Blackhawk, underglazed #82301
Notes: The Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport, Iowa opened in 1915 with 225 rooms at 200 East 3rd Street, Davenport, Iowa. By 1927, additional stories were added and the rooms numbered 400. In 1929, Dick Lane started Blackhawk Hotels Company with three hotels: Blackhawk and Davenport Hotels in Davenport, Iowa, and St. Paul Hotel in St. Paul, Minnesota.
In April 2009, the hotel was sold to Restoration Saint Louis, an experienced hotel renovation company. Following an extensive $46 million renovation, in December 2010, the historic hotel reopened as the first and only Preferred/Summit hotel in Iowa with new high-end retail stores, 19 upscale residential units and 52 suites, as well as a premier spa, Spa Luce, a business center, a fitness center and an indoor heated pool.
As of 2020, the Blackhawk Hotel is a part of the Marriott Bonvoy Autograph Collection Hotels group.
The service plate has the stylized image of a Native American in the well and behind him: Hotel Blackhawk. Its narrow border pattern is a Greek key-style in black set against coin gold.
The bowl is Syracuse underglazed pattern #82301, identified in a binder of Syracuse underglazed patterns, along with the name: Blackhawk (shown above). It is a lovely, graceful Art Nouveau style border pattern. On the opposite side is a slightly different version of the same Native American that's on the service plate, but behind him are the letters BHCO, for Blackhawk Hotel Company.
For more info:
Blackhawk Hotels Company by Syracuse
Plate photos: Patrick Carie
Bowl photos: Tobey Olson