Manufacturer: Scammell China Company
User: Chisca Hotel
Date of china: circa 1930s-1954
Notes: The nine-story Chisca Hotel in Memphis Tennessee, opened December 25, 1913. It advertised 400 rooms and 300 baths, but actually it had closer to 350 rooms and 250 private baths. It was named for Chisca, chief of the Chickasaw tribe.
The Chisca closed in 1973. It was sold to the Church of God in Christ and was converted into headquarter offices for the church. In the late 1990s the church relocated, and the building remained empty for more than 20 years. Around 2013 it underwent a $20 million renovation and conversion to 161 apartments, which opened in 2016.
Flowers have been a favorite decorative choice for china patterns for many years, and the Lamberton Works created many floral patterns. Scammell produced multi-color decals with a variety of flowers in sprays. These decals were known as 'ornaments' and could be fitted to various size and shapes. At some point the Hotel Chisca ordered a service with these floral ornaments. This china is back stamped for the Chisca.
Author and photos: Larry Paul