Manufacturer: Maddock Pottery
Distributor: Albert Pick
User: Hotel Winton – Cleveland, Ohio
Date of examples: circa 1917 – 1924
Notes: The Hotel Winton at 1012 Prospect Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio opened Thursday, December 20, 1917. This 11-story hotel contained 600 rooms with private baths. It was named for Cleveland's automotive pioneer, Alexander Winton, owner of the Winton Motor Car Co. The two-level 900-seat Rainbow Room, in the basement, was equipped with the facilities to turn the center of the room into an ice rink. The coffee shop seated 250. There was an Old English Grill Room. The 104' by 56' ballroom was on the mezzanine floor.
The Great Depression led to financial problems and in 1931, the Winton was taken over by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. The hotel was renovated and reopened December 16, 1932, as the Carter. It was named in honor of Lorenzo Carter who arrived in Cleveland in 1797 and was the cities first innkeeper. In 1942, Met Life sold the Carter to the Albert Pick Hotel Company, and it was renamed Pick-Carter Hotel. A $1 million renovation in 1969 lowered the room count while updating the facilities. A fire on April 14,1971, killed seven people and injured many others. The hotel did not reopen after the fire. It was later converted into a 270-unit apartment building known as Carter Manor. In 2021, there were plans to renovate and modernize Carter Manor.
Maddock created four different china services for the Winton. Three are on Lamberton China and one is on Trenton China body.
The Lamberton China service made for use in the Winton bedrooms is a service not mentioned in the January 5,1918, Hotel World article about the newly opened Winton. It is a decal border with pale blue panels containing white lattice work. Between the panels there are reddish shapes that might be seashells or lotus blossoms. These are flanked by pale blue acanthus scrolls. The border is flanked by coin gold pin lines. One of the items in this service is a lidded powder box for use by female guests. Photographs of the Winton bedrooms show match holder, dresser trays and candle stands on top of the dressers. Albert Pick & Co was the supplier but is not listed on the back stamp of known pieces.
There are two other patterns listed in the Hotel World article. Winton back stamped examples of these patterns which have not been found, so far. "The china for the grill and the Rainbow Room is a reproduction of the royal set used by the king of Sweden, a rich cobalt blue under-glaze, with gold bands." "The coffee shop service is an underglaze black checker pattern." The coffee shop pattern is on Trenton China.
Hotel World, Jan 5, 1918 – ten-page article about hotel with pictures of rooms and information on china order
Author and photos: Larry Paul