This is the long-lived and long-loved "Harriman Blue" pattern from the Union Pacific Railroad. Understated in an old-fashioned molded decoration set off by teal blue swirls, our cup and saucer are lovely. This is an after-dinner or demitasse size set.
CONDITION is superb with NO cracks, chips, flakes or repairs. NO unseemly age discoloration. There may be an occasional surface mark but you must tilt the piece in bright light to find any.
Both cup and saucer are bottom marked with the UPRR Overland Shield logo in blue. The saucer is further impressed SCAMMELL'S TRENTON CHINA .
The Scammell China Company was a recognized maker of this ware for the UPRR and apparently manufactured some of the later pieces. ("Trenton" is the name of their medium grade, white-bodied ware, slightly lower quality than the ware named "Lamberton.") Our "Restaurant China Volume 2" (Conroy) provided no help with date coding; apparently the Scammell markings are vague as to production dates. Because the other major maker was older, we are guessing that Scammell likely made this piece and it dates from later use. "Harriman Blue" was first ordered in 1905 and finally discontinued about 1950.
This pattern is identified in "DIning on Rails" (Luckin) as UP-8a (the variation that carried the shield marking on the underside, rather than the top or side). According to the author, Harriman Blue was used on the "Challenger" and "Overland Limited" name trains before the railroad ordered distinctive china service for them. Harriman Blue was also used in the UPRR's lodges and restaurants in Utah parks.
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