Manufacturer: Scammell China
User: Mariemont Inn – Cincinnati, Ohio
Distributor: Dean & Kite Company
Date of examples: circa 1926-1954
Notes: The three-story Tudor Revival-style Mariemont Inn, at 6880 Wooster Pike in Cincinnati, Ohio, was built for Mary Emery as the centerpiece of the 425-acre Village of Mariemont. Her vision of the village was to be a model English garden where everything was within walking distance. Construction of the 66-room inn began April 20, 1925, and it was in operation around 1926. A 1927 advertisement describes a tearoom on the terrace, and dinner in the dining room. The formal opening was not held until April 13, 1929, when the 300-home village was completed. An article about the formal opening describes the dining venues, "This dining room constructed with timbered ceiling and furnishings appropriate to the idea of old taverns is at the left of the lobby, and a cafeteria, for those who desire such service, is at the right of the lobby." The tearoom is also mentioned in the article.
The Mariemont Inn, with 58 guest rooms and community banquet rooms, continues in operation in 2022.
The Trenton China service that Scammell made for the Mariemont Inn appears to have hand painted stylized flower and leaves. But they are actually two-color decals. The orange and black colors of the floral design are repeated in the three rim lines, which were hand painted. This design was made for other customers, and in other color combinations. The pieces made for the Mariemont were supplied by Dean & Kite Company, of Cincinnati, and have "Mariemont Inn" as part of the back stamp.
Mariemont Inn website
TIAC.com – photo of butter pat
Author and photos: Larry Paul