Manufacturer: Maddock Pottery
User: The Lankershim Hotels – Los Angeles and San Francisco, California
Date of examples: circa 1905-1924
Notes: James Boon Lankershim (1850 – 1931) opened his first Lankershim Hotel in 1905. This nine-story, 320-room hotel was on the corner of Broadway and 7th street, in Los Angeles. The Lankershim Hotel in San Francisco opened before 1915. It was eight stories with 350 rooms, located at 55 5th Street.
Both hotels were later operated by the Whitecotton Hotel Company, and then other hotel operating companies. The Los Angeles Lankershim is listed in the 1958 Hotel Red Book, but not in 1959. The Sylmar Earthquake of 1971 forced the closure of the upper seven floors. All but the first floor was razed in the mid 1980s, and a six-story parking garage was built above the remaining first floor. The San Francisco hotel survives and operates in 2022 as the Hotel Zetta.
Maddock produced Lamberton China for the Lankersham that has a blue green overlapping "LH" monogram surrounded with "HOTEL LANKERSHAM." The transfer border is shown in the Maddock pattern book as "#138 Buckingham". This border was used by a number of other customers. Albert Pick was the distributor.
Author and photos: Larry Paul