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Object Name Plate
Date ca. 1907-1909
Description Small round dessert plate. White stoneware (hotelware) with thin green bands on rim; green logo of a seahorse and inscription "Terra Marine Inn" on the border. Green printed mark on the underside: "HIGGINS & SEITER / NEW YORK / MADDOCKS / CHINA / AMERICAN". Embossed mark on the underside: "MADDOCK'S / AMERICAN CHINA".
(Keywords: New York City, Twentieth Century, Seaside Resorts)
Acquisition Gift of Elizabeth A. Grymes
Ownership and History The Terra Marine Inn, located on the beach at Huguenot, Staten Island, was in operation from around 1907 to 1923. A 1908 advertisement for the "Refined New Seaside Resort" gave the details: "Only one hour from Manhattan. Beautiful, newly furnished single and double rooms, with or without private baths; elegant parlor, bedroom, and bath sea-front suites. Magnificent Colonial dining hall and ballroom, facing sea, accommodating 400 guests. Finest cuisine; well-stocked wine cellar...600-foot pier; boating, bathing, fishing, tennis, etc..."

On April 29, 1909, a massive fire destroyed much of the Terra Marine Inn. The Evening Post newspaper reported that the fire was believed to have started in a chimney, and within 20 minutes the central portion of the building and two wings were ablaze: "...The glass dome over the dining hall, one of the finest in that neighborhood, fell in with a crash...the flames roared unchecked through the huge wooden structure, demolishing one after another of its 200 rooms, and a huge pillar of smoke drifted off over Princes Bay..." Despite the extensive damage, the owners vowed to rebuild, with an even larger building that would be "absolutely fireproof." Indeed, an article in the New York Times on May 3, 1909 stated that the Terra Marine Inn was open despite the fire, serving 600 guests in a sun parlor that had been converted into a dining room.

The term hotelware refers to a relatively sturdy type of ceramic tableware that is designed to be durable for commercial use. This is one of four Terra Marine Inn plates donated to the Staten Island Historical Society in 1984. The donor stated that her father, Jacob J. Schweitzer, "picked them up" from the site of the Terra Marine Inn after the fire.

The Maddock family of England was known for its ceramics from the early 1800s; it was Thomas Maddock who brought the family business to the United States. In the late 1800s, Thomas Maddock and his son John, founded several ceramic companies in the city of Trenton, New Jersey.
Earliest Date 1907
Latest Date 1909
Maker Maddock Pottery Company
Material Ceramic
Subjects Food
Hotels
Pottery
Resorts
Restaurants
Tableware
Lexicon Sub-category Food Service T&E
Catalog Number 84.042.0002
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Efron family in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron, November 2014.
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