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This gorgeous railroad china ice cream shell is just waiting for a display cabinet to call home! It is from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, in the sought after Mimbreno pattern so reminiscent of the American Southwest native cultures. Wide-eyed and open-mouthed, a stylized antelope peeks up from the bottom of the bowl, encircled by graphic designs.
This dish is fully railroad bottom marked: Made Expressly for Santa Fe Dining Service (meaning it was ordered by the railroad for on-board dining). The date code 99-A means it was made in January, 1970 - among the very last orders for Mimbreno, which may help explain its pristine condition. The maker stamp for Syracuse China is also correct.
This is a full-size dessert dish, 5 inches across the round section and 6 inches measured across from the center of the raised tab handle. It stands just over 1 inch tall at the rim.
CONDITION is exquisite. We could find nothing wrong. There are NO cracks, chips, flakes or repairs. The colors are strong and the design is clear. There MAY be a utensil mark or two but you must look hard and may not be able to find any.
BACKGROUND: Mimbreno china was designed for use on the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railway’s deluxe, all-Pullman name train “Super Chief,” whose designers had settled on a Native American theme. Architect Elizabeth Coulter, who had designed many of the famous Harvey Houses in the Southwest, was chosen to design the china and flatware. She based her china designs on the depictions of stylized animals and other life forms that decorated pottery crafted by the ancient Mimbres Indians of New Mexico. True to the Indian potters, most of the railroad’s Mimbreno china was created in black and white with deep red, and some geometric designs were incorporated.
On May 12, 1936, the Super Chief left Dearborn Station in Chicago, Illinois on its maiden run. The Mimbreno china was so well loved that the railroad continued to purchase it until 1970. After discontinuing its passenger service, however, the Santa Fe continued to use Mimbreno aboard business cars.
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Vintage Santa Fe Railroad Mimbreno China Ice Cream Shell Dish
$225 USD SOLD
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