Manufacturer: Scammell China and Mayer China
User: S.H. Kress & Co.
Date of Scammell creamer: 1920s – early 1930s
Date of Mayer creamer: 1930s – early 1940s
Notes: Samuel Henry Kress (1863-1955) opened his first "stationery and notions" store in Pennsylvania in 1887, which successfully grew into the Kress "five and dime" retail department store chain. Expanding to over 200 locations nationwide, Kress stores were a familiar sight in many U.S. cities and towns from 1896 through 1981.
These small creamers would have been used at one of the many Kress department store lunch counters.
Mayer: White body creamer with one red border stripe around the rim and two black pin lines ending in curlicues on each side of the red topmark KRESS.
Scammell: Trenton China white body handled creamer with one orange border stripe around the rim and two green pin stripes. Topmarked KRESS in orange.
Kress storefront photo contributed by Brian Carpani, PhotoGuyWichita
ID and Scammell creamer photo contributed by Patrick Carie