Manufacturer: Scammell China
User: Savoy-Plaza Hotel – New York, New York
Distributor for Scammell China: Nathan Straus-Duparquet
Date of examples: 1936
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.
Scammell made a service for the Savoy-Plaza, on Ivory base, that is decorated with a full rim decal border. The background is pale blue with stylized shapes in pale red, green and brown. Some of the design elements are clear, allowing the ivory china to show. A brick red pin line is near the rim. This china service was distributed by Nathan Straus-Duparquet, which was formed in a merger in 1936, so it would date to around that time period. Where in the Savoy-Plaza this china pattern was used is unknown. A photograph taken in 1941 shows bits of wall decoration that has a similar look, but the china in this photo is the laurel on blue border pattern.
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 4 by Scammell China
Plate photo: Gina Patton
Author and photos: Larry Paul