Manufacturer: Maddock Pottery
Distributor: L. Barth & Sons
User: Hudson Navigation Company
Date of platter: circa 1904 – 1911
Notes: From Wikipedia: "Charles W. Morse was an American businessman and speculator who committed frauds and engaged in corrupt business practices. His attempt to manipulate the price of copper-shares set off a wave of selling that developed into the Panic of 1907. Jailed for violating federal banking laws, he faked serious illness and was released. Later he was indicted for war profiteering and fraud.
"In 1902 Morse acquired control of both overnight steamboat lines on the Hudson River – the People's Line, established in 1835, and the Citizens' Line, established in 1872 – and organized the Hudson Navigation Company to operate them. They were collectively known as the Hudson River Night Line. The People's Line named its new 411-foot steamer C.W. Morse in his honor in 1904. Morse controlled the Hudson Navigation Company until its bankruptcy in 1921. The receivers quickly changed the name of the C.W. Morse to Fort Orange."
In "From Earth to Art – The History of the Lamberton Works," Larry Paul describes this pattern: "An early Maddock Lamberton pattern used by the Hudson Navigation company on their river boats operating out of New York Harbor contained #5030 "Laurel Border" in green. The line's inter-locking "HNco" monogram in brown letters outlined in green and surrounded by an Art Nouveau-style green and brown frame, was the cresting. L. Barth & Son, of New York was the supplier."
For additional info:
Hudson Navigation Company 2 by Maddock – England
New York Heritage digital collections
Smithsonian American Museum of History
From Earth to Art: The History of the Lamberton Works by Larry R. Paul – page 319
Platter photos: Sherri Harris
ID: Kathleen Lathom
Silverware photo: Edward Babcock
Author: Ed Phillips