This massive service plate from the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad was intended to cause passengers being seated at dining car tables to catch their breath in awe -- fully 10-1/2 inches across and embellished with an embossed rim encrusted in blindingly bright gold leaf, it showcases an incredibly detailed rendering of the famous portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart.
This plate is in NEAREST POSSIBLE MINT condition with no signs of use. We are unable to find any surface marks or scratches, or damage of any kind. It is correctly bottom marked by its maker, Syracuse China, Old Ivory banner mark, and below that MADE EXPRESSLY FOR CHESAPEAKE & OHIO R.R.
SIZE: 10-1/2 inches across, and weighing a VERY heavy 1 pound 13 ounces -- before packing!
The fabulously gold-decorated service plates are the epitome of the "George Washington" pattern dinnerware created in 1932 for the C&ORR to celebrate the bicentennial of the birthday of the first President of the United States. They were never used to serve food: as diners were seated, waiters would whisk these big plates away, to be replaced with more utilitarian pieces of the pattern, most of which was decorated with standard gold trim, with some pieces also carrying the portrait.