This eyecatching tall water carafe was made by the Reed & Barton silver company for the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad -- the fabled "Rock Island Line" of railway ballads. It would have graced a dining car table for passengers enjoying a meal on board the train.
The frame is silver plate, and is marked ROCK ISLAND and REED & BARTON on the underside of the lid. The mortar and pestle mark is the R&B date code for 1954.
SIZE is approximately 10 inches tall, and it holds about a quart (32 ounces) of water.
This pitcher is in absolutely lovely condition, with elegant scrollwork and a hollow handle. The silver plating is mirror bright, with NO blackish spots or other problems. The lid hinge is in perfect working condition.There are a few hard to see light surface marks from use on the metal, but nothing worse. The silver frame is straight, sound and complete, fastening tightly around the glass insert, which is very attractive with fluted sides. All the glass is bright and clear, with NO cloudiness and NO scuffing.
NOTE: You will need a screwdriver, but this is very easy to take apart if you wish to polish it or clean the glass.
Railroad water carafes are not easy to find. Not many were ordered to begin with, since only one would be used per table. This is one of a very few we've come across from the Rock Island Railroad -- it would be a great gift or a fine addition to any collection of railroad passenger dining relics!
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