Here is a very nice little butter pat or butter chip china dish, from the Chicago, Milwaukee, St.Paul & Pacific Railroad - the famous "Milwaukee Road" that operated in the Great Lakes region of the United States.
This is the beautiful, highly-detailed pattern called Peacock. An exotic male bird looks out, surrounded by a complicated floral and tree motif.
The butter pat is correctly bottom marked by Syracuse China, for their trademark "Econo-Rim" ware. The date code includes a letter Y for the year 1944, but I cannot make out the blurred number beside it. It appears to be a 6 or 8 - this would be the month of production.
SIZE is approximately 3.25 inches across.
CONDITION: Extremely nice, with NO cracks, chips, flakes or repairs. The decoration is bright and crisp. Details such as the bird's eye and beak and plumage are sharp and clear. If you look extremely hard you may see the slightest suggestion of a few age darkening spots on the very edges of the rim.
COLLECTOR NOTE: Peacock was never marked with a railroad name. The design was an "exclusive" pattern, which means that the railway owned the rights to the design and no other customer was allowed to purchase it from the factory. However, and very importantly -- the design the railroad owned was ONLY the center bird/floral when it appeared together with the blue scalloped rim edge.
Syracuse China made and sold the bird with different rim designs, and also the blue scallop rim design either alone or with other central designs.
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