Manufacturers: Maddock Pottery and Scammell China
User: Puritan Hotel – Boston, Massachusetts
Distributor: Mitchell Woodbury Company
Date of examples: circa 1909 – 1947
Notes: The seven-story Puritan Hotel, at 388-390 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts, was built by boot and shoe manufacturer William Ball Rice. Mr. Rice died in May 1909, before the hotel opened. It opened November 1909 with about 200 bedrooms. The 31' by 52' main dining room seated 150 guests and was located behind the lobby. There were three private dining rooms, a breakfast room, and a maids and children's dining room. The Puritan was owned by the Rice family until 1947. On July 1, 1947, The Puritan was acquired by Abraham M. Sonnabend and became a Sonnabend Hotel Company property. In October 1951, it was combined with the adjoining Hotel Somerset, and both properties operated as the Somerset. The Somerset closed March 31, 1972. The building was then converted into apartments and offices.
Maddock produced Lamberton China crested with the bust of a well-dressed Puritan gentleman in a tall hat. On large plates the crest is in the center of the well. On smaller items the crest is on the rim below two green rim lines and flanked by the green pin line at the verge. The original china orders were made by Maddock and supplied by Mitchell Woodbury. After the company became Scammell China, in 1924, it continued to produce this pattern. It is shown in Mr. Scammell's circa 1925 customer contact book.
Backbayhouses.org – hotel history
Boston Globe – January 31, 1909 – article about hotel under construction
Author and photos: Larry Paul