Here is an attractive bowl in the intricate "Peacock" pattern used by the Chicago Milwaukee St. Paul & Pacific Railroad in its dining cars. Beautifully centered in the well is a gorgeous, bright-eyed and colorful male peafowl, surrounded by a rich floral design suggestive of an Indian jungle glade.
At 5 inches across it would have been used as a side dish, often for fruit. This shape piece can be called any of several names: a sauce dish, a fruit dish, a monkey dish or a berry bowl.
First ordered by the Milwaukee Road in the late 1920s, Peacock china was so well received that it was used into the 1960s. This little bowl carries the correct Syracuse China Econo Rim stamp with a date code of 12-HH (December 1953) and would be a terrific addition to complete a place setting.
CONDITION is lovely with only light surface marks from use. You must tilt it in bright light to see them. The decoration is bright, strong and clear. There are NO cracks, chips, flakes or repairs. The peacock is centered beautifully and the rim stamping stands out under the blue glaze.
COLLECTOR NOTE: "Peacock" pieces never carried any kind of railroad markings, but it is strictly authentic and documented as having been used by the railroad. With no RR identification, it is considered an "exclusive pattern" produced by its maker for only one customer. Apparently the CMStP&P owned the rights to the center floral peacock design ONLY when it was produced on white Econo-Rim base ware with the blue edge scallop trim. It is documented that Syracuse China made and sold pieces that included the same peacock to other customers, but with different rim designs on other base ware. This is an important distinction.
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