Manufacturers: Maddock Pottery and Scammell China
User: Hotel Ormond – Ormond Beach, Florida
Distributor for Maddock Pottery: Mitchell Woodbury Company
Date of examples: circa 1890- 1947
Notes: John Anderson and Joseph Price built the Hotel Ormond, which opened January 1, 1888, in Ormond Beach, Florida. The hotel entrance faced Granada Blvd. On the left was the Halifax River and, in the distance, on the right, was the Atlantic Ocean. In 1890, Railroad Baron Henry Flagler bought the Ormond, and made it one of his Florida East Coast Hotel Company's properties. Three wings were added during the next 15 years, expanding it from the original 75 rooms to 400 rooms. When completed it was the largest wooden structure in the United States, with 11 miles of corridors. The Florida East Coast Hotel Company sold the Ormond in 1947. It was then owned by a succession of owners and was converted into a retirement hotel. It closed October 16, 1986, and the contents were sold at auction March 12, 1987. The Ormond was demolished in July 1992.
The china pattern that Maddock made for the Ormond has a decal crest with a four-part shield in front of a section of castle tower. A helmet with three plumes is atop the shield, and a banner below contains "Comme Je Trouve" (I take things as I find them). "THE ORMOND" is below.
The decal border is shown in the Maddock pattern sample book as "#6000. Senate Border" so named because it was originally designed for the Senate dining room in the US Capitol Building. Some pieces in the service do not contain the crest, but they are back stamped "Hotel Ormond." This china was supplied by Mitchell Woodbury Company, Boston. The pattern was still being used when the Lamberton Works was purchased by Scammell. Mr.Scammell's contact book, from around 1925, contains the order information and price scale for this pattern.
Ormond Beach Historical Society website – hotel history
For additional info:
Ormond Hotel 2 by Maddock Pottery and Scammell China
Author and photos: Larry Paul