This is one lovely big dinner plate from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway. It is the sought-after Mimbreno pattern, the Indian motif that was created for use on the railroad's "Super Chief" name train, made only by the Syracuse China Company.
SIZE is just under 10 inches across.
On the bottom is the full Ancient Mimbreno Indian black stamp, authenticating that this is genuine "Made Expressly for Santa Fe Dining Service" dinnerware, in addition to the correct Syracuse China manufacturing stamp. The 97-I back marking is a date code for September 1968.
CONDITION is lovely with only light surface marks from use on the top. There are NO cracks, chips, flakes or repairs. The intricate graphic design is lovely in shades of dark brick red intertwining with black. There are NO glaze runs or misses.
BACKGROUND: Mimbreno china 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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