This hard to find antique china dish is from the Boston & Albany Railroad and dates from around 1900. It is the smallest of three sizes of rectangular platters in the "Pittsfield" pattern, made by Mayer China.
Railroad china guide authors state that "Pittsfield" ware initially was ordered and used before the commoner "Berkshire" pattern, which was first ordered in 1913, but then the two patterns were used over the same time periods. We could not find a specific date code for the backmark on this platter, but the supplier, Mitchell Woodbury Company of Boston, Massachusetts, was a distributor of china until the early 1940s.
CONDITION is lovely and a subtly understated display in simple deep green on white. The top logo is crisp and easily read. This platter is beautifully free of the "saugers," dirt flecks and glaze flaws that plague many Pittsfield pieces. There are NO cracks, chips, flakes or repairs. There are just the slightest signs of aging on the outer rims and only very light utensil marks on the surface. SEE OUR LAST PICTURE: One tiny stray lump of pottery adhered during firing and is under the glaze, but it's small and you must look for flaws to notice it.
An excellent addition to any New England railway lines china, this dish would be a find for any better collection.
BACKGROUND - The Boston & Albany Railroad was a railroad connecting Boston, Massachusetts to Albany, New York. Directly descended from New England lines that originated in the 1830s, it emerged as the Boston & Albany following mergers in 1867 and 1870 of several roads. The New York Central & Hudson River Railroad leased the B&A for 99 years from July 1, 1900. This lease passed to the New York Central Railroad in 1914. Through this entire time, the B&A kept its own branding in the public eye. The NYC merged into Penn Central on February 1, 1968.
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