SEVERAL AVAILABLE: This is the "Hudson" pattern used by the New York Central Railroad. It is 7 inches in diameter, a cake or luncheon plate. Although it was produced in Limoges, France it is heavy, commercial weight ware ordered for use aboard the NYCRR's dining cars.
CONDITION is incredibly good -- NO cracks, chips, stains or repairs. Hudson pieces were used heavily by the railway and often are considerably worn, but this plate is amazingly hardly used. There are a few light surface marks, but you must tilt the plate in bright light to find them. The center design is scarcely worn.
This plate was made by the Gérard, Dufraisseix and Abbott company of Limoges, France. It was ordered for the NYCRR through supplier L.Barth & Son of New York, NY. It is correctly marked for the railroad: Fabrique Pour / New-York Central Lines / Fourni Par / L.Barth & Son / New-York.
We can establish a manufacture date using the two "GDA" marks on the bottom. According to our "Collector's Encyclopedia of Limoges Porcelain" (Gaston), the green mark (GDA in script above the word FRANCE) was used from 1900 to about 1941. The orange mark (GDA in a wreath) was used beginning in the early 1940s. Therefore, the presence of BOTH marks dates this dish to 1940-1941.
No New York Central collection should be without a representative of the Hudson china pattern. Look no further !
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