Boston’s Castle Square Hotel Oval Serving Bowl – Greenwood China


Located at 421 Tremont Street in Boston, Mass., the 500-room Castle Square Hotel and its 1,800-seat Castle Square Theatre was designed by Winslow & Wetherell and built in 1894.

The opulent theater included a stock company and performance troupe. In 1917 a projection booth was added to the theater for films; by 1921 the theater was renamed the Arlington Theatre. During the 1920s, however, the theater returned to live shows and later the name reverted back to Castle Square Theatre.

The hotel and theater closed during the Depression and was demolished December 1932-January 1933.

This piece bears the initials CHT, indicating (one imagines) its exclusive use at the theater - with the initials standing for Castle Hotel Theatre.

The heavy bowl is quite a speckled baby with age spots all over, especially on the rim as shown in the photos. It also has medium use marks and scuffs. But the belted logo just knocks my socks off, and I love that old, flat base, too. It is 8 7/8” by 6 ¾” and 1 ¾” high. The impressed Greenwood China logo would date it to between 1894 and 1910.  

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