Here is a terrific Western Pacific Railroad "Feather River" pattern rimmed cereal bowl. This shape also would have been used to serve a half grapefruit. This bowl is 6 inches across the top.
This pattern was made for the railway by Shenango China of New Castle, Pennsylvania, in its popular Inca Ware line. The pattern included lettering that was black except for the first letter of each word which was done in an intense, dark red matching feathers surrounding the rim edge.
CONDITION is as close to mint as "not-new" china can be. Tilting in bright light, we found perhaps a mark or two on the surface. The glaze is strong and shiny, the colors are brilliant. There are absolutely NO cracks, chips, flakes or repairs.
There is no way to pinpoint a specific date on this ware. Our "Restaurant China Vol. 2" (Conroy) states that this Inca Ware backmark was used from 1927 until 1954.
Feather River was first ordered in the very late 1940s. A great variety of pieces were ordered for onboard dining service., which makes this pattern fun to collect. The "Feather River Route" was constructed by the Western Pacific Railroad between 1906 and 1909 as a railway line to connect Oakland, California and Salt Lake City, Utah. Following both forks of the Feather River, it crossed the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Although the Western Pacific is long gone, the line is owned by the Union Pacific, which operates the "Feather River Route" between California's Central Valley and Winnemucca, Nevada.
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