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Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad China "Blue Adam" Pitcher
This pitcher is a very attractive example of the "Blue Adam" pattern that was made exclusively by Syracuse China. A nice small size, it is about 3-1/2 inches tall at the end of its spout.
Blue Adam was used by the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad on its name train "The Prospector" for a short period of time, according to "Dining on Rails" (Luckin).
First made in 1937, Blue Adam was made only by Syracuse China. It was a "stock" pattern, produced in heavyweight restaurant ware and readily available for any type customer to order, usually for commercial use.
Although Blue Adam's use by the D&RGW is clearly documented, no pieces were ever railroad marked. Therefore, there is no way to document whether this individual pitcher ever rode the rails, but no collection of western American railway china should be without an example of the Blue Adam ware. If you don't have one yet, here is a beauty.
CONDITION is lovely with attractive medium blue decoration and no glaze runs, even on the "cameo" centered beneath the spout. There are NO cracks, chips, flakes or repairs. There are some very light age darkening spots, mostly on the rim, but the white is so bright it's hard to notice them.
Aside from the fact that Syracuse China owned the rights to this pattern, we can tell this piece was made by the company because the shape is clearly a Syracuse mold, as well as the number 48 impressed into the base, which is a production code.
COLLECTOR NOTE: "Adam" was produced in several colors, but the D&RGW used ONLY this color blue. Black, green and dark blue decoration was never railroad used.
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