Manufacturers: Mayer China and Scammell China
User: The Westbury – New York, New York
Date of examples: circa 1930 – 1960s
Notes: The 18-story, 356-room Westbury, at 15East 68th Street in New York, opened in 1927. It is listed in the 1927 Hotel Red Book as "15 E. 69th Street" a residential hotel. The original interior doorknobs have "15E69" as their decoration, which indicates that this was the original name for the hotel. The 1931 Hotel Red Book is the first time it is listed as The Westbury. By 1939, when it was operated as an Abbott chain hotel, it contained two restaurants and the Polo Bar. The Polo Bar was updated but continued to use the original wall murals after Knott Hotels bought the Westbury in 1953. In the 1980s it underwent a $12 million restoration, then, in 1999, it was converted into 47 condo apartments.
Mayer and Scammell produced china that is crested with an illustration of a polo player on his horse. "The WESTBURY" is below the red and black illustration. The crest is the only decoration on this china service.
There are slight differences in the artwork by the two makers. It may be that Mayer began making this pattern after 1954, when Scammell closed.
Author and photos: Larry Paul