This is an unusual dish from the Pennsylvania Railroad. More oblong than oval, it is just under 7 inches long by 5.5 inches wide and is a tall 1.5 inches at the rim. The flat rim, about 1 inch wide, ANGLES down into the bowl from the outer edge. It is marked 1927 on the bottom with a Buffalo China script marking.
There are three stripes encircling the rim and the PRR's familiar keystone top logo. Note how all three lines break around the logo. A virtually identical bowl is shown in "Dining on Rails" (Luckin) on page 349 (in Addendum 1). This design is a variation of the "Keystone" pattern, using the same rust brown color glaze. Luckin gives it a code of PRR-13.1a . This is only the second dish of this design that we have come across (in addition to the book illustration) and all have been "this bowl."
CONDITION is lovely! The warm deep brown contrasts attractively with the bright white base ware which is whiter than we are used to seeing in PRR pieces. There are NO cracks, chips, flakes or repairs. There are a few VERY light surface marks from use, almost all in the bottom of the bowl. You cannot see them unless you pick it up and look it over carefully. There is no sign of age yellowing or dark spots anywhere.
This would be a terrific addition to any grouping of Pennsy onboard passenger dining car dinnerware.
It would be superb in a display case or could be used with care - perhaps to hold guest soaps in a powder room ?
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