This gorgeous shallow bowl is the sought-after "Portland Rose" pattern, from the Union Pacific Railroad. It is approximately 6-1/2 inches across and the rim stands 1-1/2 inches tall.
On the surface are two incredibly realistic rose depictions, one a branch with two full-blown blooms and the other a tight bud. The not-quite-white ivory color base chinaware sets them off dramatically. "Portland Rose" was created by the Union Pacific in honor of the city of Portland, Oregon. The roses depicted are the "Madame Caroline Testout" variety, the official flower of Portland -- the "City of Roses."
CONDITION is lovely ! Absolutely no cracks, chips, flakes or repairs. You might find a very few lightest surface marks if you tilt the piece in bright light but nothing worse. Of special note is that this dish has the "full backmark" that includes a large shield marked Caroline Testout, and the "For you a Rose in Portland grows" verse along with Syracuse China's Old Ivory banner.
Portland Rose dinnerware was used by the UPRR in the 1930s. It was first ordered in May of 1930 and last ordered in February, 1941.
This would be a spectacular addition to any better collection of railway passenger dining car items.
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