Hotel DENNIS Match Holder


Here's a hard to find piece from Hotel Dennis which was located in Atlantic City, NJ. The hotel was located right on the Boardwalk overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The 10 story Victorian had 450 guest rooms and was a popular summer resort. It began life circa 1860 as a 2 bedroom cottage owned by William Dennis who then kept adding on rooms to host his extended family. By 1900 it was owned by William Busby whose family continued to run it until 1969. In the early 1920s it was reconstructed in a French Regency style with a mansard roof. It is now Bally's Park Place Casino Resort.
The match holder features the circular logo on both sides with a sailboat on the water and ropes and anchors surrounding it. Hotel Dennis, Atlantic City, N.J. is in a red circle. Green and red stripes accent the white body of the match holder with intricate gilt trim. The base measures 6 inches in diameter and it stands approx. 3 3/4 inches tall. John Wanamaker, Phila. Pa. was the distributor. There is no maker's mark but is was more than likely made by Maddock's. No chips, cracks or hairlines. The gilding is more worn on one side than the other. Please see pictures.
Terrific piece of early Atlantic City history! Thanks for looking and please see all 4 pictures.

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