Manufacturer: John Maddock and Sons
User: Crawford House
Date of platter: 1880-1896
Notes: According to the Wikipedia, Crawford House "was a grand hotel in Crawford Notch, N.H. The original hotel was built in 1850 and destroyed by fire in 1859. It was replaced by a second Crawford House resort that was the largest hotel in the White Mountains at the time. It was further expanded over time to accommodate 400 guests. The hotel featured wide porches and views of Crawford Notch. It eventually fell into disrepair and then closed in 1975. The hotel building was destroyed by fire in 1977."
An outdated link on the New Hampshire Historical Society website showed platters and sugar bowls in this pattern – with the same topmark – "part of a hotel dinner service from the Crawford House, White Mountains, NH."
This china would have been ordered for the second Crawford House, assuming that all was destroyed in the 1859 fire. The inn's crest is hard to decipher, but seems to be made up of either fleur de lis or sheaves of wheat, all in green, in a shield divided into quadrants. Above the shield is a gryphon or griffin looking to the right. Below the shield is a ribbon banner bearing the Latin: Fortuna Juvat Audaces, meaning Fortune favors the bold, or fortune favors the brave, or fortune favors the strong.
Photos and ID write up contributed by Kath
ID contributed by Babcock