This sweet little butter pat is from the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, also known as the Burlington Route. Included in the floral design are two violets and a daisy flower. The railway name for this pattern is "Violets & Daisies."
SIZE is 3.5 inches across.
The maker is Syracuse China, despite this having no bottom marking. Syracuse China made virtually all of this pattern for the railroad. Further, the ring pattern molded on the bottom is unique to Syracuse butter pats.
CONDITION is lovely with beautifully detailed flowers in realistic colors. There are NO cracks, chips, flakes or repairs. There may be a very few, light surface marks from use but they are hard to see unless you tilt it in bright light. The flowers are nicely scattered about the surface.
This pattern originated in the Haviland Company of Limoges, France, as their Schleiger No. 453 design, called "Violets and Gray Daisy." Haviland produced it in both fine porcelain and chunky commercial weight and sold it to the railroad beginning later in the 1800s. The CB&Q used both weights of chinaware. At some point in the early 1900s, the contract went to Syracuse China which produced many pieces with railroad markings on the undersides, but many more without.
Collectors note: "Violets and Daisies" was an exclusive pattern, produced under an agreement in which Syracuse China would not sell this particular ware to any customer other than the CB&Q. So if you find a piece with no railway markings but made by Syracuse China, you can be assured you have an authentic, CB&Q-ordered item.
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