SEVERAL AVAILABLE: Absolutely lovely examples of the New York Central Railroad's French Limoges dinnerware that was used in their onboard dining car service in the first half of the 1900s. You will not find any better, in this pattern.
This is a "bow platter:" the piece design incorporates a bow-tied ribbon molded into either end of a rectangular dish. The pattern name is "Vanderbilt." Brilliant, burnished real gold beautifies a simple, geometric rim edge decoration.
This platter is in exquisitely almost mint condition. IF it was used, it could not have been more than once or possibly twice. We could not find any utensil scratches on the surface. There are NO cracks, chips, flakes or repairs. Incredibly, the gold decoration -- 22-karat overglaze, added after the main firing was completed and so soft that it rubs from only gentle use -- is also nearly mint. There are some very minimal rubs apparently from being stacked, where a plate above touched the surface of this one.
SIZE is approximately 5-3/4 inches by 8-1/2 inches.
BACKMARK: This platter is fully railroad backmarked for the NEW YORK CENTRAL LINES, supplied by distributor L. Barth & Son. There are two "GDA" marks of the the Gérard, Dufraisseix and Abbott Company of Limoges, France. The rectangular black mark was used beginning in the early 1900s. The second red-orange wreath was used beginning in the early 1940s. The presence of both marks dates this dish to approximately 1941. Below the wreath it states: Fabrique Pour / New-York Central Lines / Fourni Par / L.Barth & Son / New-York.
COLLECTOR NOTE: Vanderbilt is a lesser known New York Central pattern, made by several makers with and without gold trim. Limoges pieces from France are the most sought after.
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