Manufacturer: Jackson China
User: Stern's Department Store
Date of plate: 1920s – 1930s
Notes: The Stern's Department Store was headquartered in New York City at 32-36 West 23rd Street. This plate was likely used in the Stern's executive dining room of the headquarters building or in the department store's dining room / restaurant for shoppers.
The topmark is a multi-colored image of a hotel bellboy or a Stern's Department Store carrier toting clothing and a boxed package marked "Michael S. Stern – Clothes." This plate design is also featured as a registered Michael Stern & Co. two-color department store crest in a Jackson China Catalog (see Page 305, James Strano's Jackson China Book on CD).
Stern's was a famous department store in New York, with the original store opening in 1867. The store also had well-dressed doormen with top hats. Stern's was well-known for their suits and work clothing for men, which is exemplified by the logo on the front of this plate. One of their famous brands was "Sweet-Orr" work pants.
Michael S. Stern was one of the family members that ran the business in the 1920s – 1930s.
In 1969, the flagship store in downtown Manhattan was closed and relocated to the Bergin Mall, and by 1996, the stores became part of the Macy's department store chain.
Click here for more information about the Stern's Department Store chain, which was in business for more than 130 years.