B&O Scammells Lamberton Platter

Q: I have an oval blue and white platter that was used in the dining cars of the B&O Railroad. I received the platter as a gift 55 years ago. The Cumberland Narrows is pictured in the center and "Horse Drawn Car 1830," "The Atlantic 1832," etc., are around the edge. On the back it says, "1827-1927, Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, Scammell's Lamberton China, Design Patented." How much is this worth?

A: In 1924 D. William Scammell bought Maddock Pottery in Trenton, New Jersey, and founded Scammell China Co. The pottery made railroad and hotel china and began making dinnerware for home use in 1939. Scammell China Co. was bought by Sterling China in 1954. Your china was first made in 1927 to celebrate Baltimore & Ohio Railroad's 100th anniversary. The pattern, which was based on a similar design made by Enoch Wood for the B&O Railroad c.1828, was called "Colonial." Collectors called it "Centennial" or "Centenary," which is what it is known as today. Pieces feature historical scenes and views of important points along the B&O line. The borders are locomotives and rail cars from various years. Most pieces were made with a blue background, but a few were made with a white or floral background. At least 26 different items were made. The railroad sold boxed pieces of china as souvenirs. Plates sold for $1 each and platters for $3.40. Some pieces of Centenary were made by Buffalo China. Sterling China began making Centenary china after World War II. Shenango China made Centenary china for the B&O Railroad Museum. Collectors look for the old Centenary dishes made by Scammell. Your platter was made after 1930, when the words "Design Patented" were first used. Additional pieces were added to the line at that time. Value of your platter: about $200.

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Scammell's Lamberton China Design Patented











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