This is an authentic Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad china plate. The pattern is called Mimbreno, a favorite of passengers aboard the famous "Super Chief" train. It sports a goat or a horned antelope in the center, surrounded by an intricate rim design.
This plate is 7.5 inches in diameter and would have been used for serving luncheon or a dessert such as cake or pie. It was made by Syracuse China in their Old Ivory ware.
PLEASE NOTE the correct bottom marking in black, stating "Made Expressly for Santa Fe Dining Car Service" beneath a depiction of an Indian. This marking appears ONLY on genuine, railroad-ordered dinnerware items. We believe the Q-2 mark is a plant production code but we have no further information.
CONDITION is excellent with NO cracks, chips, flakes or repairs. The design is sharp and clear. The glaze colors are strong and distinct. Please note there are utensil marks on the surface but to see them, you must tilt the plate and look in bright light. The three "scars" on the underside are marks from the little stands used in the kiln when it was fired and are not "damage," rather, being the way it was made.
ALSO - there is light spotting from age around the rim (SEE OUR LAST PICTURE where we have shown it at its worst).
BACKGROUND: Mimbreno dinnerware was designed for use on the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railway’s deluxe, all-Pullman name train “Super Chief,” whose designers had settled on a Native American theme. Architect Elizabeth Coulter, who had designed many of the famous Harvey Houses in the Southwest, was chosen to design the china and flatware. She based her china designs on the depictions of stylized animals and other life forms that decorated pottery crafted by the ancient Mimbres Indians of New Mexico. True to the Indian potters, most of the railroad’s Mimbreno china was created in black and white with deep red, and some geometric designs were incorporated.
On May 12, 1936, the Super Chief left Dearborn Station in Chicago, Illinois on its maiden run. The Mimbreno china was well loved and the railroad continued to purchase it until 1970. After discontinuing its passenger use, however, the Santa Fe continued to use Mimbreno aboard business cars.
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