This china platter is the "Robinson-Baker" pattern used by the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railroad (the "Soo" Line).
Size is approximately 5-1/2 inches wide by 8-1/2 inches long. It is attractive with scalloped edges.
Please note, Robinson-Baker pieces were never marked with the Soo name. The bottom marking on this one that of Theodore Haviland of Limoges France; and the Burley Company of Chicago. IMPORTANT: Robinson-Baker was a "stock" pattern design sold to all types of buyers. Therefore, without Soo markings, it is impossible to know the background of any individual piece. THAT SAID -- Burley & Company was a major dinnerware supplier to American railroads, and the bottom marking establishes that this platter was imported by Burley. The Burley marking means this particular plate has a greater chance of having been used by the Soo than other pieces not so marked, but there is no way to positively authenticate railroad use.
CONDITION is lovely with no cracks, chips, flakes or repairs. IF there are any signs of use, there are only the fewest surface utensil marks. The Theodore Haviland mark is very faint but distinguishable. Our Limoges collector guide dates it at about mid-1900s.
COLLECTOR NOTE: Robinson-Baker is very similar to the New York Central's Hudson pattern; do not be fooled. "Hudson" pieces are always bottom marked with the railroad name. The design differs -- look closely at the center design: on Robinson-Baker pieces, there are strings of brown "bells" trailing through the scrollwork; on Hudson pieces, the brown strings are petaled flowers.
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