This attractive handled pitcher from the Wabash Railroad has the Banner pattern "Follow the Flag" logo strongly emblazoned on its side. Made by Syracuse China, it would have been used to serve cream or syrup to onboard dining car passengers.
SIZE is 4 inches tall at the tip of its spout.
On the bottom, it correctly carries only the Syracuse China marking, date coded 92-K (November, 1963). This pattern never carried any railway specific markings on its underside.
CONDITION is superb, with NO cracks, chips, flakes or repairs. It is wonderfully clean inside and out, and the spout is perfect. There are a very few, very light surface marks from use, but you must tilt it in bright light and look hard to find any. The colors are rich and deep and the printing is sharp and clear, making this piece very desirable. There is no unpleasant yellowing or dark age spots.
This would be a stunning example in any better collection of railroad china or Wabash relics.
BACKGROUND: From an array of predecessors as early as 1837, the Wabash System emerged from a reorganization in 1877 and operated throughout a number of midwestern U. S. states until 1991, when it was finally taken over by the Norfolk & Western Railway. The Wabash Railroad took its name from the Wabash River, which flows from northwest Ohio through Indiana into Illinois, where it joins the Ohio River. "Wabash" is an English spelling of "Ouabache," the name given the river by early French traders who used the native Miami Indian tribe's word for the river.
COLLECTOR NOTE: "Banner" was a custom pattern that Syracuse China created for the railroad by adding the "Follow the Flag" logo to its already popular "Highland" stock pattern ware that had maroon and gray bands. Although the Wabash Railroad did use a limited number of stock Highland pieces as fillers toward the end of service, railway china authorities recommend not buying it, because railroad use is impossible to document. Highland was one of the most widespread commercial patterns and can be found today in online venues, antique shops, thrift stores and flea markets.
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