Manufacturer: Scammell China
User: Kew Gardens Hotel – Kew Gardens, Long Island, New York
Date of cup & saucer: circa 1924-1939
Notes: The Kew Gardens Hotel, on the corner of Grand Central Parkway and Queens Blvd. in Kew Gardens, Long Island, opened June 1920. It contained about 200 rooms, 100 private baths, a dining room, cocktail lounge, and a 200-seat ballroom. From 1920 until about 1933 it was part of the Knott Hotels chain.
Its location near the Long Island Railroad station was ideal during the 1939 World's Fair, because the Fair was only about five minutes away by train. It is listed in the 1939 Hotel Red Book, but not in 1941.
Scammell made Trenton China crested for Kew Gardens in red and black, with an illustration of a carriage and the hotel name. The black border has a series of three parallel curved lines.
Author and photos: Larry Paul