This little butterpat is an old one from the Pennsylvania Railroad. The pattern name is Keystone. All in rust-orange red, a PRR keystone top logo is on the rim surrounded by two outer bands.
SIZE is 3-1/2 inches across.
The PRR used Keystone china early in the 1900s, until the 1930s. The railroad ordered it from a number of companies. There is no bottom marking on this little plate, so we can't be positive about its maker. Regardless of manufacturer, the Keystone pattern seems to be plagued with glaze defects and other manufacturing problems.
This butter pat appears to be hand decorated, far from uniform. If you look closely you can see uneven and wavy areas in the two red bands, and the keystone logo is not perfectly positioned.
CONDITION: NO cracks, chips, flakes or repairs. The glaze is strong and bright. There is a sprinkling of fine grit across the well causing very tiny bumps in the glaze but no dirt or discoloration. This is not terribly evident until you pick it up and look at it; the butter pat displays well and would be a nice touch in a grouping of passenger dining car items.
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