Manufacturer: Scammell China
User: Savoy-Plaza Hotel – New York, New York
Distributor for Scammell China: Nathan Straus & Sons
Date of examples: 1927
Notes: On Thursday, September 29, 1927, the 33-story 1,000-room Savoy Plaza Hotel opened. With its location on the corner of 5th Avenue and 59th Street in New York City, the higher priced rooms had a view across Central Park. The Savoy-Plaza contained both a 400-seat and a 200-seat dining room, as well as a 275-seat ballroom. It was originally run by the Plaza Operating Company, the same company that operated the Plaza, across the street. In 1957, it became a Hilton Hotel, and around June 1964, a Western International Hotel. The Savoy-Plaza closed June 30, 1965, and was torn down and replaced by the General Motors Building.
The Savoy-Plaza had several china services when it opened. The bedroom china service for the Savoy-Plaza was made by Scammell on Lamberton base china. The "SP" within a laurel wreath coin gold crest and coin gold rim lines are the only decoration on this service. Candle stands and matchbox holder/ashtrays are known to have been part of the set. There also may be dresser trays. The original order was supplied by Nathan Straus & Sons, and dated '1927'.
For additional info:
Savoy-Plaza Hotel by Shenango China
Savoy-Plaza Hotel 2 by Scammell China
Savoy-Plaza Hotel 3 by Bauscher China, Black Knight, and Scammell China
Savoy-Plaza Hotel 5 by Scammell China
Author and photos: Larry Paul