Manufacturers: Maddock Pottery and Syracuse China
User: Farragut House – Rye Beach, New Hampshire
Date of examples: circa 1910-1925
Notes: John Colby Philbrick was so inspired by Admiral David Farragut's visit to his Atlantic House in the 1860s that he renamed it Farragut. After it burned in 1882, the new hotel, which he opened in 1883, was also named Farragut House. This three-story, Queen Anne-style building with huge wraparound porch contained about 100 rooms. The Farragut House was a summer resort that operated on the American plan.
The Farragut House closed in 1974 because of the obsolescence of its physical plant and a decline in patronage. It was torn down in 1975. A new Farragut Hotel was promptly built, but it never opened. It stood vacant for years, before being torn down in 2003.
Both Maddock Pottery and Syracuse China made china for the new Farragut House. The red transfer crest is an oval garter belt with the name and location. A good luck horseshoe, overlapping "FH" monogram, and a banner with "Dixi Deo Duce" are within the belt. A red rim line completes this pattern. Maddock pieces were distributed by Mitchell Woodbury Co., of Boston. Known Syracuse pieces have date codes that range from 1913 to 1925.
Summer by the Seaside, Bryant F. Tolles, Jr., 2008, pages 112 -114
Sea Coast New Hampshire.com website – Remembering the Farragut, article by Alex Herlihy
Rye Historical Society and Town Museum website – Lamberton platter in collection
Unionleader.com – photo and info on the new Farragut House that never opened
Author and photos: Larry Paul