Port Arthur Restaurant

Manufacturer: Scammell China
User: Port Arthur Restaurant
Pattern name: #7010 Ornaments
Supplier: Tilden-Thurber Corp.
Date: 1925
Notes: Port Arthur, located at 123 Weybosset Street in Providence, R.I., operated as a Chinese-American restaurant on the building's second floor. It featured a dance floor and a band and was still operating in the 1940s, and possibly beyond. A matchbook described this venue as “The Chinese-American Restaurant of Distinction” and advertised its “Cocktail Nook and Bar.”

Though this butter pat is unmarked, Port Arthur was included in Scammell’s New England contact book as a customer: Trenton China underglaze, “Port Arthur” on rim, Jefferson Green; #7010 ornaments with green connecting pin line; one line band edge of rim, Jefferson Green. Supplier: Tilden-Thurber Corp. In addition, the flat bottom on butter chips is a Maddock/Scammell design feature.

The order placed with Scammell on Sept. 10, 1925 consisted of the following items:

100 doz - Plates 6 1/ 2” R/E
100 doz - Plates 5” R/E
50 doz - Plates 4” R/E
50 doz - Plates 6” R/E
20 doz - Soups R/D R/E 6 1/2”
150 doz - Ind. Butters R/E Del
50 doz - Boston Tea Cups B.H.
50 doz - Tea Saucers R/E
40 doz - Fruits 4” R/E
15 doz - Dishes 3” R/E
15 doz - Dishes 5” R/E
15 doz - Dishes 6” R/E
10 doz - Dishes 7” R/E
5 doz - Dishes 9” R/E
2 doz - Dishes 11” R/E
2 doz - Sauce Boats #3 Club
40 doz - Bakers 2 1/2” R/E
10 doz - Ind. Creams #0 Vienna
6 doz - Ind. Creams #1 Vienna unhdld
3 doz - Jugs 46s R/E
1 doz - Jugs 42s R/E
2 doz - Sugars Box Covd 36s
84/12 doz - Sugars Box Covd 30s
2 doz - Bakers 5” R/E
2 doz - Mustards 42s hdld 7 covd rd Vienna
3 doz - A. D. Coffe Cups Ovide
3 doz - A. D. Coffee saucers R/E
5 doz - Hooded match stands 2 crests
15 doz - Bouillon Cups 2 handles Boston B.H.
2 doz – Sugars




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