Manufacturer: Scammell China
User: Hotel Hillcrest – Toledo, Ohio
Date of plate: circa 1929-1954
Notes: The nine-story Hotel Hillcrest, on the corner of Madison Avenue and 16th Street in Toledo, Ohio, opened in 1929. It contained 600 rooms and baths, a dining room, coffee shop, and cocktail lounge.
The hotel closed in 1990. From 1991 to 1994 it served as a homeless shelter. In 1999, the building underwent a $12 million restoration and conversion to 106 apartments. In 2022, it operates as Historic Hillcrest Apartments.
Scammell produced Lamberton China service plates for the Hillcrest that contain a coin gold shield crest in the center of the well. The shield has an overlapping "HH" monogram. The rim of the plate contains a wide maroon band flanked by coin gold lines.
A 1960s postcard view of the Hillcrest's Victorian Terrace dining room shows service plates with a full blue green border and possibly a floral spray in the center.
Author and photos: Larry Paul