This little teenie-tiny is a horseradish pot, in the nearly-Navy dark "Blue Chain" pattern used by Fred Harvey. The top rim of the body stands a minuscule 2 inches tall.
Complete with its matching lid, this little condiment jar server matches exactly the chain pattern shown and ascribed to Fred Harvey in "Dining on Rails" (Luckin). Luckin states that Blue Chain and its companion Black Chain were used as far back as the 1920s, and were made by both Syracuse and Shenango China.
There is no maker mark on this one, but it definitely is the correct shape. We have a marked Syracuse horseradish pot in a different pattern and the shape is identical.
CONDITION is extremely nice with NO cracks, chips or repairs/ The decoration is also extremely nice, uniform deep color with no glaze runs. PLEASE SEE OUR PHOTOS: The inside of the lid is a bit rough but this of course does not show from the outside, and there are NO cracks or chips anywhere, even beside the spoon slot.
These tiny little servers are scarce and much harder to find than the larger mustard pots.
A nice find for any Fred Harvey or Santa Fe Railroad passenger travel fan.
BACKGROUND: During the 1880s and 1890s, an enterprising man named Fred Harvey opened and operated eating houses along the route of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad in the southwest United States. As railroading expanded during the latter part of the 19th century and into the 20th, the role played by Harvey's operations along the route of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad earned him a niche in history as an important contributor to American railway passenger travel.
As head of the Fred Harvey Company, his goal was to build the finest eating establishments in the industry by serving rail passengers the best possible food in the best conditions. As rail travel grew, he expanded into over-the-rails dining car operations aboard the Santa Fe, and then further expanded into building hotels called Harvey Houses at strategic locations along the AT&SF route. At its heyday, there were 84 Harvey Houses, all of which catered to wealthy and middle-class visitors alike. The business continued to be operated by Harvey's sons and grandsons until 1968 when it was sold to a Hawaiian-based company.
Item ID: 01355
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