Here is a hard to find "Mountains and Flowers" full coffee (or tea) size cup and saucer set from the Great Northern Railway. This interesting pattern combines a gray shadowtone mountain landscape on the saucer as a backdrop for colorful flowers sprinkled all over the cup -- even on the inside.
"Mountains and Flowers" dinnerware dates from the late 1940s. The breathtaking natural beauty at Glacier National Park, which was served by the GN, was the inspiration for this design. The artist who painted the flowers for the design was Walter Loos. The GN went all out decorating the dining cars on its Empire Builder trains with matching floral wall panels and draperies, and glacial blue upholstery and rugs. This pattern was so popular it lasted until the end of passenger service in the late 1960s.
THE CUP is a full coffee size, made by Syracuse and date coded October 1961. It is in excellent condition with NO cracks, chips, flakes or repairs. There are a very few hard to find surface marks from utensils and a couple of lightest age spots. It is graced on BOTH sides by generous sprays of pink Spring Beauty blooms, and on the inside a sunny yellow Globeflower (troillus).
THE SAUCER fits the cup perfectly. It is bottom marked GREAT NORTHERN RY Made by Sterling China, it is bottom date coded C-5 (made between October and December of 1960). Its shades of gray portraying the mountains are a fine example of airbrush china art. It is in lovely condition with virtually NO signs of use other than a few marks around the cup well, and absolutely NO cracks, chips, flakes or repairs.
This is a "mixed marriage" but both Syracuse and Sterling are well known makers of this pattern and the pieces work beautifully together. Interestingly, demitasse pieces are much easier to find than the full size.
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