Manufacturer: Scammell China
User: Shoreham Hotel – Washington D.C.
Date of service plate: circa 1930 – 1954
Notes: The nine-story, 800-room Shoreham Hotel opened October 30, 1930. It is located on Connecticut Avenue at 2500 Calvert Street, NW in Washington, D.C. The main dining room was 92' by 40', the Grill was 76' by 46', and the Main Ballroom was 98' by 64'. These three rooms were on the lobby floor. In 1935, a 153-room addition was built. A 100-room, five-story motor inn was added in 1958. In 1984, Omni Hotels took over and changed the name to Omni Shoreham. In 2022, it continued to operate, with 832 guest rooms.
The 11" service plate that Scammell made for the Shoreham is decorated with a classical-style border of pink roses in bowls, swags, and oval frames. These are done with coin gold detailing. The rim border is a combination of acid etched coin gold design below a solid rim band. Below the pin line at the verge is a wide band of coin gold etched design. The center of the well contains a basket of flowers. This is a border that Scammell used for several other hotels.
For additional info:
Shoreham Hotel by Hutschenreuther China
Shoreham Hotel 2 by Bauscher China
Shoreham Hotel 3 by Black Knight China, Scammell China, and Syracuse China
Shoreham Hotel 5 by Bauscher China
Service plate photos: Harry Aycock
Author and photos: Larry Paul