This is a great little platter from the very earliest, or "first generation" of the long-lived B&O Railroad's Centenary pattern dinnerware. It is bottom marked with the Scammell China Company's Lamberton mark and PATENT APPLIED FOR, which dates it to having been ordered in 1926 for the centennial celebration the following year.
The design on this one is the "Thomas Viaduct 1855" centered in the well, surrounded by bands of flowers and 10 rim cameos of famous B&O locomotives from the very beginning 1830 horsedrawn car through Winan's Camel 1851. All varying shades of cobalt on underlying white, the intricate artwork resembles flow blue historical ware.
SIZE is an appealing 5.75 by 8 inches.
CONDITION is lovely with NO cracks, chips, flakes or repairs. There are a very few, lightest suggestions of aging around the very edge of the rim. It has very light, expected surface marks mostly in the well, from use. The only fault we can find is a manufacturing flaw -- a tiny and hard to see bump caused by a grain of stray pottery under the glaze on the rim (SEE OUR LAST PICTURE). This does NOT show unless you tilt the plate and look for it.
BACKGROUND - To celebrate its 100th anniversary in 1927, the Baltimore & Ohio in 1926 ordered this intricate blue and white ware, all bottom marked with Patent Applied For, which would become the first marking in a series of china production that would last for decades, until passenger dining car operations ended in the early 1960s.
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