This gorgeous, delicate demitasse set is from the New York Central Railroad. It is the delicate "Hyde Park" pattern of pink bachelor button flowers with frothy pale green leaves and stems, decorated with daubed gold trim. The ware is slightly heavier than eggshell-thin fine porcelain, but it is definitely and obviously fragile, fine china, not heavy restaurant ware.
These pieces are in exquisitely perfect condition. We can find absolutely nothing wrong with either the cup or the saucer. The cup is approximately 2.25 inches tall; the saucer is approximately 4.5 inches across. They would have been used in a luxury dining car for after-dinner espresso or chocolate.
BOTH pieces carry the full maker and railroad bottom marking: Fabrique pour (French, for "Made for" New York Central Lines; Fourni par (French, "Provided by") distributor L. Barth & Sons of New York City.
"GDA" is the marking of the Gérard, Dufraisseix and Abbott company of France, according to our "Collector's Encyclopedia of Limoges Porcelain" (Gaston). This set was made between 1914 and 1935, the years when the NYCRR referred to itself as the New York Central Lines. Gaston states the GCA markings were in use between 1900 and the early 1940s.
Note the gold handle is "daubed." It is NOT worn -- the "white strip" down the center is the way it was made. This is 22Karat - 24Karat gold overglaze, and it is extremely soft.
This wonderfully delicate, expressive set would be a star in any collection of better railway dining car items.
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