Manufacturer: Mayer China
User: The Tavern – Troy, New York
Date of platter: 1930s – early 1940s
Notes: The Tavern was located at 211 Broadway in Troy, New York. It occupied roughly 1,500 square feet of a much larger building. According to a 2014 article in the Troy Record, its building "was originally constructed in 1876. It was once home to a boarding house and hotel, as well as many industrial, manufacturing and retail tenants through the years including Broadway News."
The Tavern opened in 1933 and closed in 1993. According to the article noted above, renovations were made in 2014 to the building in preparation for the reopening of The Tavern. Some of the original elements are still intact, including a tile floor mosaic spelling out THE TAVERN as shown in a photograph above.
At some point, the reopened Tavern closed again and as of 2023, the space is home to Donna's Italian and American Restaurant.
White body platter with a black stripe around the outer rim and a wide hand-painted band of dusty red. The verge has a black band, and in the well of the plate there is a black pinstripe near the bottom of the verge. Also in the well of the platter, on the left side, are the stacked words "The Tavern" in a black art deco font over the words "Troy, N.Y." in smaller black art deco block letters.
Troy Record – April 2014 article
ID, platter photos, and postcard: Steph Carr
Author: Ed Phillips