20th C. Railroad China Plates
I went to this auction and there were these plates, and I thought, "Well, that might look good in my breakfast room, kitchen area as wall decoration," so I decided, "Well, I'll bid on them, and if they don't go too high, maybe I'll get them." Well, I think the bidding started at $10, and nobody else bid, so I just kept bidding $10 and I got them all for $10 each.
And you know what they are?
They're supposedly railroad china.
You're right on the money. These are actually all three railroad plates. As you might imagine, they're made for some bumping around. They're on a train, so you would imagine they could take a pretty rough ride. This one, the Milwaukee traveler, was made by Syracuse China Company. You'd probably be looking at a sale price at auction of around $75 to $100. The one at the end here, this is made by Buffalo Pottery. This is New York and New Hampshire, and this has ... It's got you a nice old choo-choo train going through here. Really nice, exactly what you would expect to see, railroad ware with trains on it. Nice depiction there. $100 at auction. Now, what I want to focus on is this one, which is the Missouri Pacific plate. Now, this one is made by Haviland Limoges, and Haviland was considered probably the most prominent and one of the best porcelain manufacturers in France around the turn of the 20th century. Right there, you have the Missouri Pacific monogram. Easy to spot, great art nouveau border, called the Jefferson pattern. It's a pretty rare pattern. This particular plate, given its rarity, at auction these days, would probably sell between $700 and $800.
Holy crap. Holy moly. Jeez. $700-800? That's too much.
It is probably the prettiest of all the plates I have, I think, that's the prettiest, but that's my favorite. That's the cheapest one.
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