SEVERAL AVAILABLE: Eye-catching in an unusual, strong pink, this cute little butter pat is from the famous "Milwaukee Road," the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad.
At only 3 inches across, this little dish is a miniature plate, meant to hold a pat of butter for an onboard dining car patron. It is stunning example of Syracuse China's famous airbrushed shadowtone decorating technique, with shades of pink fading into bright white base chinaware at the center. The black trim is all hand applied. On larger pieces, there would be a backdrop of mountains and pine trees below the birds.
The pattern name is "Traveler," in which a tiny Canada Goose is depicted winging its way swiftly and efficiently - the image that the railroad wanted to instill for the service that passengers would receive aboard Milwaukee trains.
Although there are no bottom markings, it is absolutely authentic. The pink goose pattern was made only by Syracuse China, which sold it exclusively to the CMStP&P. The patented design stamped into the rim identifies it as the Econo-Rim ware, a dinnerware style developed by Syracuse China in the 1930s specifically for using less space on railroad dining car tables.
CONDITION is lovely with only a few and very lightest utensil marks that cannot be seen without tilting it in bright light. Absolutely NO cracks, chips, flakes or repairs. The glaze is bright and shiny and strong. The pink coloration is strong and well defined, with no runs.
Traveler china was so well received by the public that railway officials ordered it many times following the first order in 1937. It was used until passenger service on the CMStP&P ended, not long before the road was taken over by Amtrak.
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