User: Merchants & Miners Transportation Company
Pattern name: Chatham
Date of fruit bowl: Circa 1920s
Notes: Merchants & Miners Transportation Company (M&MTC) was formed April 1852, in Baltimore, Md. Ships of the line served in the Civil War, Spanish American War and World War II.
The company initially served ports in Maryland, Massachusetts, Virginia, Florida, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania.
In 1900, they started a Philadelphia-Savannah run. In 1907, the company bought the Windsor Line operating between Philadelphia and Boston. Another line was established to Jacksonville, Fla., in 1908. In 1942, the company was appointed General Agent by the War Shipping Administration and was in charge of the management of a number of vessels in the off-shore trade. M&MTC ceased operations shortly after WW II rather than refitting the ships from military to civilian use.
The design is shown on page 139 of Conroy's Restaurant China Volume 1, listed as "Merchants and Miners Transportation Co. – 'Chatham' pattern (MMTC-2); Scammell Trenton b/s; circa late 1920s."
White body with two blue lines around the rim are interrupted with the red, white and blue burgee of the Merchants & Miners Transportation Company. Although the manufacturer is unknown, this a piece in this pattern was part of Larry Paul's collection of Scammell China.
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