Manufacturer: Maddock Pottery
User: Chisca Hotel
Distributor: Albert Pick & Company
Date of china: 1913
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.
Maddock Pottery made the original china that is crested "CHISCA" in black outlined letters flanked by thick and thin black lines. This china was used for dining room and bedroom service. Albert Pick & Co was the distributor, and they featured this pattern in their 1913 catalog, shown above on the first line of the plate montage.
Author and photos: Larry Paul