AT & SF Railroad Mimbreño Butter Pat

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AT & SF Railroad Mimbreño Butter Pat

85.00

When traveling on the Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railroad, passengers would be treated to elegant dining experiences complete with details such as a tiny dish for their butter.

Called the Mimbreño pattern, the ivory background on this demure little butter pat dates it to between 1937 and 1959- during the heyday of sophisticated rail travel.

It is important to note that not all railroad china carries a backstamp with the name of the railroad for which it was designed. This piece, manufactured by Syracuse China does indeed have a full backstamp, which in and of itself is visually distinctive.

We believe the style of the font on the backstamp dates this piece to the earlier range of its production in ivory, during the late 1930s.

Approximately 3/4" in height. 3 1/2" in diameter.

 

 

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Mimbreño China was originally designed in the mid 1930s by Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter for use on the Super Chief. She worked jointly for the Santa Fe Railway and the Fred Harvey Company for more than forty years designing and supervising the construction of Santa Fe Rail Stations, Fred Harvey Hotels, and classic lodges like The Bright Angel in The Grand Canyon.

Inspiration for this China came from the pottery of the Mimbres Indians of Southwestern New Mexico. This ancient artistic culture that disappeared circa 1100 was rediscovered by archeologists as Ms. Colter was designing china for the Super Chief.

Enjoy this vintage video of the Santa Fe Super Chief Luxury Passenger Train!

Our favorite quote from the film, spoken by a rather indifferent young lady passenger before her adventure on the Super Chief:

Why the Super Chief? To me a train’s just a train- something you travel on- from hither to yon.
— Indifferent young lady

Wouldn't it be lovely to travel on such a train- to hither or yon?!