Manufacturer: McNicol China
User/Pattern name: Piccadilly Cafeteria
Date of china: pre-1965
Notes: From its website, "Piccadilly Cafeteria first opened in 1932 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Twelve years later, a budding restaurateur by the name of T. H. Hamilton took the reins with hopes of growing the business."
According to fundinguniverse.com, "Hamilton, who had already been working in the cafeteria business for 21 years when he traveled to Louisiana to consider purchasing the small Piccadilly Cafeteria located on Third Street in downtown Baton Rouge. At the time, Hamilton was living in Kansas City, where he was serving as general manager of The Forum, a Midwestern cafeteria chain. … Hamilton bought the Piccadilly from the original owner, Thomas J. Costas, for $65,000. Hamilton and Costas closed the sale on February 1, 1944."
Wikipedia writes about Piccadillly's expansion in 1998 with the purchase of Morrison's Cafeterias. This was followed in by 2003 with a filing for bankruptcy, a bailout, and another bankruptcy in 2012 followed by another purchase.
Today (2023), the company is still in business, and there are more than 30 locations in the South, primarily in Louisiana, and also in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Virginia.
This pattern has a heavy deep green band on white china. The ID is based purely on its backstamp, Made Especially for Piccadilly Cafeteria, and the date of manufacture is based on the year its distributor, Albert Pick Co., went out of business in 1965. These are the only examples seen so far with a backstamp for Piccadilly, but it could have been ordered and in use there for many years.
For more information:
Piccadilly Cafeteria, by Sterling China