Manufacturer: Syracuse China
User: Tramp's Retreat
Date of plate: circa 1900
Notes: Built in 1886 by wealthy businessmen Ames W. Howlett and Albert H. Hiscock, Tramp's Retreat was a two-story log camp and sportsmen's retreat located on the North shore of Dead Creek Flow in Cranberry Lake, New York.
According to author Susan Thomas Smeby, world-traveler Howlett "…furnished the interior with curios, animal trophies, and traps of all sizes. The camp grew into an impressive establishment with a six-bedroom main camp, large dock and boathouse, icehouse, woodshed, pump house, springhouse, chicken coop, dove cote, and guide house. It was fully staffed with cooks, handymen, servants, and guides. Tramps Retreat was sold to the Moore family in 1916. It was destroyed by lightning and fire in April 1957. Descendants of the family still own the property and surviving outbuildings."
Cranberry Lake and Wanakena: Postcard History Series by Susan Thomas Smeby, Arcadia Publishing, 2002, Page 38
Boats and Boating on Cranberry Lake: Images of America by Allen P. Splete, Arcadia Publishing, 2009
Cranberry Lake From Wilderness to Adirondack Park by Albert Vann Fowler, Adirondack Museum, Syracuse University Press, 1968
White body 9" deep plate. All decoration is blue. Wide band of scrolls and flowers on rim. Tramp's Retreat in well of plate.
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