EXCEPTIONAL condition - is the only way to describe this B&O Railroad "Black Capitol" coffee cup and saucer set. This is a full size set, not a demitasse. Its previous owner said he had obtained it directly from the railroad, packed in its original box and never used -- and we believe him!
The only thing we can possibly find issue with is that one leg of one "R" on the saucer is not there -- it looks obvious it was made that way, a skip in the gold color. Otherwise, the gold decoration is as brilliant as new and is incredibly undamaged, showing no wear whatsoever.
The saucer has a correct Shenango China bottom marking that dates it to the first half of the year 1961, very near the B&O's shutdown of passenger service. This pattern never had any railway markings on the bottom. The cup does not have any bottom markings but is clearly a mate to the saucer.
A fabulous gift that would be a star in any rail passenger dining collection -- If you want a PRISTINE piece, look no further!
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