This is a very scarce platter dating from the earlier 1900s. It is from the Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad, in their "Fredericksburg" pattern. This one is the very hard to find version with a larger top logo. A flexible medium size, it would look terrific in any good grouping of southern or eastern seaboard railway china or passenger items.
CONDITION is very attractive with good strong color and an exceptionally clear tri-link RICHMOND WASHINGTON LINE top logo -- significantly clearer and sharper than either of the book illustrations!! There are NO cracks, chips, flakes or repairs. There is light wear mostly in the center of the plate, but it is hard to see unless you tilt it in bright light and look specifically for it.
IMPORTANT - there is some light age spotting on the rim - see our last picture please. This is quite pale and not terribly disconcerting.
The bottom marking by Shenango China for distributor L. Barth is correct. While there is no date code, our Restaurant China Vol. 2 (Conroy) shows this backmark style being used in the 1920s -1930s era.
Both the railroad china "bibles" by Luckin and McIntyre give Fredericksburg china a 4 out of possible 5 rating for desirability and scarcity. Items from RF&PRR dining car tables are scarce, and are hard to find in any condition ! Don't miss out on this good one, which is particularly valuable for its larger than usual logo.
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