Crane Lunch Company

Manufacturer: Maddock Pottery
User: Crane Lunch Company
Pattern: #170 New Buckingham
Date: Circa 1912-1919
Notes: As is typical of many of these early lunch companies, little information is available for Crane Lunch. It is not known if it was a chain or a single restaurant, but the business was located in Connecticut, and one – or the only – location was at 11 W. Main Street in Waterbury.

It was first found in the 1908 Annual Report of the State of Connecticut, and it was last listed in the 1918 New England Business Directory and Gazetteer.

The footed bowl is on Maddock’s American China body. It is decorated in green, and in the well of the bowl is the crest for the restaurant: A crane, standing on its left leg in a marsh, cattails in the background, and Crane to the left of the bird, Lunch over its back and Co underneath. A sans serif, all uppercase font is used, and the initial caps are proportionately larger and have swashes. The pattern on the outer border is #170 New Buckingham transfer. The bowl is backstamped with Maddock’s American China, coded as M-A-7 in the book “From Earth to Art: The History of the Lamberton Works.”

ID and photos contributed by Susan Phillips

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