Manufacturer: Syracuse China
User: John A. Roberts & Co.
Pattern name: Thebes #59201
Date of platter: 1928
Notes: From Larry Paul's research, John A. Roberts began his retail store experience in Utica, N.Y., in 1863 at age 19. His first business partnership began in 1869, and a number of partnerships later, he incorporated as John A. Roberts & Co. in 1905.
In 1906, Roberts purchased the former Butterfield House hotel and converted it into his store. He closed this store on May 1, 1910, and razed that structure. It was replaced by Robert's new five-story store, which opened in September 1911. The Tea Room was located on the fifth floor.
Roberts died in 1922, at age 78, and the store closed in 1929.
ID contributed by Larry Paul
Platter photos contributed by Graham Hueber