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Union Pacific RR "Portland Rose" Grapefruit / Cereal China Bowl
Highly detailed red roses twine beautifully around this pretty "Portland Rose" pattern dish from the Union Pacific Railroad.
It is 6-1/4 inches across and a full 1-5/8 inches tall at the edge of its rim. The flat rim, 3/4 inches wide, identifies it as a grapefruit or cereal bowl. It is correctly bottom marked with a large shield and "Caroline Testout - For you a Rose in Portland grows" , with a (C) copyright symbol below denoting that the pattern is copyrighted.
This pattern was made for the UPRR beginning in September, 1930 by Syracuse China in their "Old Ivory" ware, which is closer to being a fine china weight than thick, heavy, commercial ware. The roses depicted are the variety named "Caroline Testout," the official flower of the City of Portland, Oregon.
This beautiful dish is as close to mint condition as not-new china can be. You must tilt it in bright light and look very hard to see even the faintest sign of what "might" be a utensil mark.
The only things we can point out as not quite perfect are manufacturing flaws -- which occurred during production and are not "damage" -- two tiny "pinprick" dimples in (actually under) the glaze on the rim near the rosebud; and a tiny dot of color under the glaze in the bottom of the bowl.
What a fabulous addition to any better RR passenger dining car collection, especially for a railfan from the Pacific Northwest.
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