Rather unassuming and plain with no decoration on a white body, this little dish is a great example of the Pere Marquette Railroad's "Yellow-White" dinnerware, shown on page 227 of "Dining on Rails" by Richard Luckin.
It is only about 3 inches across its free-form shape. Condition is lovely with no chips, cracks, flakes or repairs, uniform yellow color inside and no rim discoloration - an extremely nice example of this rare pattern.
According to the author, Yellow-White was made by the Syracuse China Company, but never had any railway markings applied -- so it is often overlooked by collectors. With its cheerful, sunny yellow interior, this adorable little bowl would have been a bright spot on a breakfast table, where it would have been used for jelly or marmalade, or perhaps a small serving of some sort of sauce.
According to "Dining on Rails," Yellow-White dinnerware was used when the Pere Marquette reestablished dining service in 1946 between the cities of Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids, Michigan, using 44-seat dining cars. Luckin gives it a 3-star collectible rating out of a possible 5 stars.
The Pere Marquette Railway operated in the Great Lakes region of the United States and southern parts of Ontario in Canada between 1900 and 1947. It had trackage in the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and the Canadian province of Ontario. Its primary connections included Buffalo; Toledo; and Chicago. The company was named after Père (French for Father) Jacques Marquette S.J. (1637–1675), a French Jesuit missionary who founded Michigan's first European settlement, Sault Ste Marie.
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Hard to Find Pere Marquette Railroad China Tiny "Yellow-White" Jelly Dish Railway