Manufacturer: Scammell China
User: Boston Chamber of Commerce
Distributor: Mitchell Woodbury Co.
Date of example: Circa 1923
Notes: In June 1909, a merger of two major business groups created the modern day Boston Chamber of Commerce, which is a broad-based association representing 1,500 businesses of all sizes from virtually every industry and profession in the Boston area and is now located at 265 Franklin Street in Boston.
By the early 1920s, the Boston Chamber of Commerce had outgrown its quarters in the 1893 Grainery Exchange Building on India Street. (One source reports they left there in 1902, but if so, where they relocated is unknown.)
In the early 1920s, construction began on a new headquarters at 80 Federal Street in Boston. This 14-story building was completed in 1923. When it opened it contained two dining facilities, both operated by 80 Federal Street. Restaurants, Inc. The main dining room was located on the top floor. A cafeteria was in the basement, below the main lobby.
Both of these restaurants were open to the public from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. An undated menu features imported fresh snails A La Bourguignonne at 55¢ for a 1/2 dozen, or 90¢ a dozen. Maybe Chicken a la King at $1.25, or Stuffed Tomato Waldorf, at 50¢, would be more to your liking.
Scammell designed and produced an underglaze decal scalloped border for these restaurants. Larger pieces contained the chamber's shield and capitol dome crest in the center of the well. Mitchell Woodbury supplied this Scammell pattern.
Bauscher China of Weiden, Germany also produced this pattern, which was supplied by the New York office of Arthur Schiller & Son. The Bauscher pattern's backstamp said: "Made expressly for 80 Federal Street Restaurants, Inc."
Boston Chamber of Commerce
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Boston Chamber of Commerce by Scammell
ID and photos contributed by L Paul