Manufacturer: Buffalo China
User: Bowman Hotel Companies
Distributor: Kniffin & Demarest Co.
Date of matchstand: 1924
Notes: Canadian-born businessman and American hotelier John McEntee Bowman (1875-1931) owned the Bowman-Biltmore Hotels Corporation. He learned the hotel business by working at New York City's Holland House Hotel. When the owner died in 1913, Bowman bought his first Biltmore hotel from the estate and built it into a chain of one of the most recognized hotel names in the world. Hotel magnate John Bowman died in Manhattan, N.Y. at the age of 56 after a gallstone operation.
The Biltmore-shaped hooded matchstand has a border treatment of green laurel leaves with additional leaves on the box and coin gold trim.
This laurel leaf pattern was also manufactured by the Maddock Pottery Co. and possibly was a stock pattern.
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