Black Knight - Leverich Towers Hotel restaurant china

IMPORTANT: These Black Knight dishes are not labeled or designated in any way to be "Foor Hotel" china like the other dishware made by Fraunfelter and Albert Pick. However, since William Foor was one of the earliest and possibly the first manager of this hotel, I thought it may be of interest to view dishware that was once used in the Leverich hotel. Whether or not this pattern was used during his reign at the Leverich Towers is unknown. There are a few other dishes (not Black Knight) posted on this site under the "Leverich Towers" link.

In July of 2006, a seller on ebay put up 6 plates with the following description:

    THESE ARE A LOT OF 6 BLACK KNIGHT LEVERICH TOWERS PLATTERS. THEY EACH MEASURE 10 1/2 BY 7 1/2. THEY HAVE THREE PHOTOS OF THE TOWERS ON THE CORNERS AND ONE PHOTO OF THE LEVERICH FAMILY CREST. THEY ARE VERY NICE PLATTERS. THEY ARE STAMPED ON THE BACK BLACK KNIGHT, REGISTERED IN THE U.S.A. SELB BAVARIA. MADE EXPRESSLY FOR LEVERICH TOWERS FURNISHED BY ALBERT PICK AND CO. CHICAGO 1927. THE COLORS ARE PLATTER IS WHITE, THE BORDERS ARE VERY COLORFUL WITH REDS, GREENS, BROWNS & YELLOWS .THE LEVERICH TOWERS OPENED IN 1930 IN BROOKLYN CLOSE TO WALL STREET. AS YOU CAN SEE THESE WERE MADE FOR THE LEVERICH TOWERS IN 1927.THESE PLATTERS ARE 79 YEARS OLD AND IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. NO CRACKS, & NO CHIPS. THESE PLATTERS ARE A MUST FOR ALL BLACK KNIGHT COLLECTORS!

The bidding was opened at $25.99 with $25.00 shipping costs, or the option to "Buy it Now" for $100. On July 19, 2006, the auction closed with zero bids. For the first time ever, the seller did not allow me to use the photos of the dishes, even though I offered him the option to link to my site, as many sellers of Foor memorabilia on ebay have done in the past (with or without my permission). These 6 plates were again put up for auction, and again had zero bids.

Oddly enough, in less than a month another much smaller set was up for sale of the exact same pattern: a plate about 6 1/4" inches with a demitasse cup of identical pattern. The description posted by the seller was:

    "This set consists of 2 pieces of china from the Brooklyn New York hotel "Leverich Towers"....Both items are bottom-marked Black Knight China Selb Bavaria...In addition the bottom of the plate says "Made Expressly for Leverich Towers..Furnished by Albert Pick & Co. Chicago 1927".....The plate looks nice with just a couple little scratch marks...6 1/4" in diameter....The demitasse cup has an identical transfer pattern as well as a wonderful ribbed body design..There is a small crow's foot on an inside wall near the cup's floor..Else fine..The pattern depicts the hotel's famous tower as well as a shield logo above which a wildcat is to be seen...This was a very posh, short-lived hotel in Brooklyn Heights that was constructed in the mid to later 1920s....It would go into bankrupcy during the Depression and later re-emerge as the Towers Hotel....The Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team stayed there during home-stands...Today the building still stands and it's affiliated with the religious organization "Jehovah's Witnesses"...Absolutely wonderful additions to any collector of New York City /Brooklyn memorabilia or hotel restaurant china collections".

After 8 bids, these two pieces sold for a whopping $67.66. The following photos were used by permission from the seller, "sunviking2".

BLACK KNIGHT SOUP BOWLS - AUCTION

A sale ended on ebay.com for two Black Night Soup Bowls on January 30, 2007. There were nine bids starting at $4.99 and the winning bid was $30.99 with $5 shipping costs. The seller's description was "Two bowls 7 3/4 inches in diameter. In excellent condition no chips, cracks or crazing and the graphics are superb. Back marked Black Knight Registered USA Selb Bavaria Made Expressly for Leverich Towers Furnished by Albert Pick & Co Chicago 1927. The Leverich Towers Hotel in Brooklyn Heights is now a residence hall for Jehovah's Witnesses but in its heyday it played host to the Brooklyn Dodgers (they stayed there during homestands) and housed a Yiddish radio station. Imagine, one of the Dodgers might have used these!"

BLACK KNIGHT SOUP BOWLS - AUCTION

Two more soup bowls went up for auction again on ebay.com. Originally I thought that perhaps they were the same bowls, however, the description on these two indicate they were 1 inch smaller in width: "Up for bidding are 2 lovely soup bowls from the old Leverich Towers Hotel located in Brooklyn Heights, NY. Both bowls are in great condition. The bowls depict the corner view of the Hotel and the Leverich family crest at the inside rim. The pattern is called Black Knight and were made expressively for the hotel furnished by Albert Pick & Co., Chicago dated 1921. Each bowl measures approx. 6 3/4" rim to rim. The Leverich Towers Hotel was built in 1921 in Brooklyn and at the time was the largest hotel in Brooklyn and was in business until about 1927 when it went bankrupt. The building still stands and is now owned by a religious organization."

These two bowls had a starting bid of $15.99, and after 6 bids sold on March 14, 2007 for $56.00.