This is a very nice example of a "Country Gardens" pattern large dinner or service plate. "Dining on Rails" by Richard Luckin confirms that the New York Central Railroad used this pattern, although information about it is scarce. The maker was Buffalo China and this plate carries a correct bottom marking.

At just over 10 inches wide, this plate is a beautiful display with its intricate, highly detailed depiction of a long-ago garden scene and complicated floral rim design, all in shades of an umber brown on white base ware. It would be terrific in a display cabinet as a backdrop for smaller pieces.

CONDITION is extremely nice - There are NO cracks, chips, flakes or repairs and minimal surface marks. IMPORTANT: Please note that there are splashes of stray brown glaze color on the underside. This is the way it was made, done at the factory, and it does not show from the front. It is not "damage," it is strictly cosmetic.

DATE: The Buffalo marking on the underside includes a date code: S-9. We are going to SUGGEST that this likely represents September, 1959 -- however, in "Restaurant China Vol II," the definitive collector guide, author Barbara Conroy states that Buffalo China was unable to specify which year the letter "A" represented. Says Conroy, "Judging by a combination of marks and letter-numbers stamped on numerous pieces, the code seems to begin with A representing 1940 and end with W representing 1962 . . . Unfortunately, Buffalo cannot verify this code, consequently it may be incorrect."

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New York Central Railroad China "Country Gardens" Large Service Plate

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