This tab handled shallow bowl is an ice cream shell, made to serve frozen desserts to patrons of the Santa Fe Railroad or Harvey Houses operated by restaurateur Fred Harvey, whose hotels and restaurants were strategically located along the railway lines of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe in the southwestern United States.
Made by Syracuse China, the pattern name is California Poppy. This popular pattern was sold exclusively to both the Santa Fe and Fred Harvey. Without a bottom marking it is impossible to tell which, but it is is authentic railroad ware.
Size is approximately 5 inches across the bowl. The base ware is heavyweight, commercial restaurantware china.
This shell is in lovely condition with cheerful yellow flowers and bright, shiny glaze. There are NO cracks, chips, flakes or repairs. The date code on the bottom translates to January 1955. The tab handle is most attractive with an interesting molded-in design.
*COLLECTOR NOTE: The Santa Fe Railroad and Fred Harvey purchased exclusive rights to the California Poppy pattern, produced by Syracuse China. However, this ownership apparently applied only to heavy restaurant/hotel commercial weight ware, because Syracuse China made and sold lighter household weight china decorated with identical “Poppy”artwork. This "thinware" was never sold to the railroad or used on trains. Instead, it was distributed through standard retail outlets.
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