Nearly perfect - this little individual cream pitcher from the New York Chicago & St. Louis Railroad, the famed "Nickel Plate Route," would be a superb addition to any better collection of railroad dining car memorabilia.
At only 2 inches tall, it was made for a single serving of cream for coffee or tea. It's eye candy with dramatically contrasting colors and a large side logo.
The pattern name is "Fort Wayne," bright white chinaware decorated in rich, deep cobalt blue with mirror bright, real silver overglaze trim. Pieces in even questionably good condition are very hard to find, because the pattern was made only in 1948-1949 and was discontinued after only a short amount of time. Disappointed train officials decided it was an embarrassing failure, because although it was a beautiful concept, the silver overglaze readily wore off, destroying the logo and rim decoration and rendering the pieces too shoddy looking for use in luxurious dining cars.
CONDITION: Absolutely no cracks, chips or repairs. This creamer is extremely clean inside and out. The silver metal is mirror bright and shiny. The side logo is sharp and clear. The correct Shenango maker marking covers most of the bottom.
IMPORTANT: The only flaw we can find is a tiny spot on the rim where a fleck of silver is flaked off, showing the white china through the metal band. SEE OUR LAST TWO PICTURES, this is tiny and it is on the side away from display, but "it is there."
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