Manufacturer: Unknown – Germany
Distributor: Burley & Co. – Chicago
User: The Thornton Hotel – Butte, Montana
Date of relish dish: circa 1901
Notes: From the Historic Montana website: "The emerging talent of architect H. M. Patterson is evident in this early example of his work, built circa 1890. Named for prominent local resident and Civil War veteran Colonel J. C. C. Thornton (who died in 1887), the stately hotel featured first-floor commercial space and upper-level apartments. Patterson's distinctive Richardsonian Romanesque-inspired style here includes grand third-floor arches and the mixed textures of brick and stone on the façade, elements that were soon to invigorate Butte's streetscape. The first-floor interior boasts an open oak staircase, cast-iron columns, and ornate tin ceiling, which no doubt impressed hotel guests.
"In 1906, an annex was built as an extension of the elegant Thornton Hotel on Broadway. A covered brick walkway connected the two buildings at the rear. Historic maps show that one of the five entries opened onto "sample rooms," which spanned the back of the building. These allowed traveling salesmen a place to display their wares. There were also a business office, a store, and an assay office. The fifth entry gave access to the upper floors which, later converted into twenty-four apartments, originally accommodated hotel guests. Constructed at a cost of $20,000, the architectural features include brick pilasters separating the five entries, second-story windows framed in rusticated stone, and a decorative pressed metal cornice beneath a stepped parapet."
White body scalloped relish dish with a rampant lion in green facing left at the top center of the verge. Under the rampant lion, in an Old English script are the words "The Thornton." There are two thin lines in green completely around the edge except where they are interrupted by the rampant lion. There is a stylized ribbon or bow in green on the handle of the relish dish.
ID and photos: Rodric Coslet
Author: Ed Phillips