Fred Harvey - Harvey Paisley

Manufacturer: Bauscher Brothers
Pattern name: Harvey Paisley
User: Fred Harvey/Fred Harvey Company
Date: 1925
Notes: The "FH" in the plate's logo stands for Fred Harvey, who in the last quarter of the 19th century and in the 20th century was known for his railroad eating houses called Harvey House. The restaurants -- said to be the first chain -- provided prompt service and high-quality food for incoming rail passengers. Eventually Harvey provided dining car and hotel service as well.

From the wikipedia: "Fred Harvey, a fastidious innkeeper, set high standards for efficiency and cleanliness in his establishments, personally inspecting them as often as possible. It was said that nothing escaped his notice, and he was even known to completely overturn a poorly-set table."

Harvey died in 1901, but the Fred Harvey Company continued to 1968 under the management of his sons and grandson until it was sold to Amfac Inc.

Considered to be a rare pattern, it is not known at which of Harvey's restaurants the Paisley pattern was used. Doug McIntyre theorizes that it might have been used as a service plate for the Harvey Gold and Black pattern which bears the same black/gold/black edge decoration.

White-on-white paisley border, metallic gold band on rim with two black lines; center motif is a stylized, broken F H against a white-on-white circle design.

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