Manufacturer: Maddock Pottery Co.
User: Kimball Hotel
Rim Pattern: Egyptian
Date of plate: circa 1911 – 1913
Notes: Successful Springfield businessman William Kimball constructed the Hotel Kimball in 1910, with a formal opening on St. Patrick's Day in 1911. Located at the corners of Chestnut and Bridge streets in Springfield, MA, the Hotel Kimball originally had 309 rooms, a dining room for 450, a banquet hall for 350, and in 1912, daily room rates were from $1.50 to $3.50.
Up until World War II, the Kimball was a grand hotel where U.S. Presidents, kings, wealthy American businessmen and famous actors frequented. In the mid-1950s, the hotel became the Sheraton-Kimball Hotel and it later changed ownership several times between 1964 and 1980. In the early 1980s, the building was renovated into residential apartments and renamed the Kimball Towers.
In 1985, the building once again was renovated and converted to residential and commercial condominiums.
Source: Kimball Towers Condominiums
White body with border consisting of lotus or Egyptian blue lily blossoms and leaves in shades of gray, blue, tan and rust. The flower is significant in Egyptian mythology and commonly depicted in Egyptian art. Dark red and blue shield in well of plate with three crescent moons and a lion, banner below with Latin motto Fortis Non Ferox (Strength Not Fierceness); there is another lion rampant above the shield and the words "Hotel Kimball" beneath the Kimball coat-of-arms.
This Egyptian border pattern as produced by the Maddock Pottery Co. was used by several venues, including the Kimball Hotel and the Blue Goose Cafe in the White Hotel. The version of this pattern as produced by Syracuse China was known as the Kimball pattern and was used by the Columbus Hotel. Buffalo China also produced a similar style border pattern for the Kimball Hotel in 1917.
For related info:
Kimball Hotel 2
Blue Goose Cafe – White Hotel