Manufacturer: Sterling China
User: Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
Date of sugar: circa 1950
Notes: On March 24, 1893, millionaire William Waldorf Astor opened the 13-story Waldorf Hotel on the site that had formerly boasted his New York mansion, at Fifth Avenue and 33rd Street. Built by renowned architect Henry Hardenbergh, The Waldorf was the embodiment of Astor's vision of a grand hotel, complete with electricity throughout and private bathrooms in many guest chambers — two of a long list of Waldorf firsts. Four years later, The Waldorf was joined by the 17-story Astoria Hotel, erected on an adjacent site by Waldorf's cousin, John Jacob Astor IV. The corridor built to connect the two buildings became an enduring symbol of the combined Waldorf and Astoria hotels — it was represented by the "-" in The Waldorf-Astoria, but in 2011 the connector is a double hyphen.
In 1929, after decades of hosting distinguished visitors from around the world, a decision was made to tear down the original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in order to erect the Empire State Building and pave the way for a reincarnation 15 blocks north at 301 Park Avenue. The current Waldorf-Astoria opened on October 1, 1931 as the world's largest and tallest hotel, a veritable city-within-a-city. President Herbert Hoover himself delivered the radio broadcast message of congratulations at the opening of the hotel. The Waldorf-Astoria is an Art Deco masterpiece and was the world's largest hotel when it opened.
The hotel was recognized as an official New York City Landmark in January 1993. During recent renovations totaling more than $200 million, many of the hotel's original Art Deco treasures were rediscovered and unveiled. Click here for the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel website and click here for more Wikipedia information about the hotel.
Lamberton China Ivory body with a gold line border around the rim and foot, and a multi-colored floral stem design around the center. This pattern was also produced by Scammell, Mayer and Shenango China. See related info below for other Waldorf-Astoria Hotel patterns.
For related info:
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel 2 by Mayer China and Shenango China
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel 3 by Shenango China
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel 4 by Unknown Manufacturer
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel 5 by Buffalo China and Syracuse China
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel 6 by Sterling China
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel 7 by Syracuse China
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel 8 by Scammell China
Bull and Bear
Photo of cup and saucer contributed by Rick Pearson