Manufacturer: John Maddock & Sons Ltd – England
User: Royal Muskoka Hotel – Ontario, Canada
Distributor: T. Eaton Co. – Canada
Date of examples: circa 1901 – 1940s
Notes: From Wikipedia: " The Royal Muskoka Hotel was a luxury summer resort hotel on Lake Rosseau in Ontario's Muskoka region that operated from 1901 to 1952. The hotel was built by the Muskoka Lakes Navigation Company and was serviced by its steamers. During its first three decades, the Royal was Ontario's preeminent summer resort and attracted guests from the upper echelons of Canadian and American society. After the onset of the Great Depression, the hotel struggled through the 1930s. During World War II it saw a mild revival as vacations in Europe were no longer possible, but following the war became unprofitable again. In the early hours of 18 May 1952, a fire razed the entire structure.
"The Royal Muskoka Hotel was the first grand hotel built on the Muskoka Lakes. Although it was opened in August 1901, the hotel was completed the following year. It accommodated 350 guests, and the final construction cost was $171,908.25.
"The Venetian design featured two three-story guest wings that were connected in the center by a main building. Two towers flanked the main block and offered panoramic views of the lake. The main building included a central rotunda and a three-story verandah. The property also had three cottages, riding stables, tennis courts, a nine-hole golf course, and lawn bowling greens. A boathouse and wharf were provided for the steamers to deliver and pick up guests. The Muskoka Lakes Navigation Company built its flagship the SS Sagamo specifically to cope with the guests travelling to the hotel.
"In 1946, Gordon Douglas Fairley gained control of the shipping company and the hotel. He renovated the structure, at which time capacity was reduced to 175. Poor marketing also led to a decline in patronage.
"In the early hours of Sunday, 18 May 1952, a fire engulfed the hotel and burned down the entire structure. In subsequent years, the property was subdivided and used for cottages. The property retains the name Royal Muskoka Island."
The following link is to a youtube video about the Royal Muskoka Hotel.
White body china with a mostly green stylized floral border around the plate's outer rim. This border is broken in four places with the insertion of a vine with light pink flowers. The border is also broken at the top of the plate with the insertion of the hotel's logo that consists of shield with a crown atop. The shield is broken into four quadrants with two fish in the upper left quadrant, a deer in the lower left quadrant, a rampart horse and what might be a beaver in the upper right quadrant, and a ship in the lower right quadrant. Underneath the shield are the words "Royal Muskoka" in block letters.
ID and china photos: Cameron Scholes
Author: Ed Phillips