Reproduction Santa Fe Dining Car Service Ancient Mimbreno demitasse cups and saucers Southwestern Buffalo China

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When I was 23 years old and had my first professional job out of college working at a Santa Fe advertising agency, I had two weeks vacation and no one to take it with. So I went to the train station in Lamy, NM, and hopped on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Super Chief, and I rode it overnight to Los Angeles to visit friends and relatives before hopping back on four days later to go to Oakland/San Francisco. It was a nostalgic trip, as my parents could only afford train or car to get our large family out to trips to Disneyland as a child. And so I was absolutely delighted to find these two fabulous authorized reproductions of classic Santa Fe Railway dining car china, the kind introduced in 1936. Pipestone from Shrewsbury, PA, is the company that produces the licensed reproduction of railroad china, which they began doing in the late 1980s/early 1990s. The original Mimbreño China was designed in the mid 1930s by Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter for use on the Super Chief. Colter 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 Grand Canyon. Mimbres Indians of Southwestern New Mexico and their designs were the inspiration for the china designed by Colter.

These are demitasse cups, which means they are small, intended for espresso or tea, and they each measure 2-1/2" across and closer to 3-1/2" including the handle, and stand 2-1/4" tall. They carry the raised HLC USA emblem on the bottoms, which stands for Homer Laughlin Company. The saucers 5" in diameter and carry on the back the replica label. In good condition.

Lovely replicas from the Golden Age of the Santa Fe Railway.


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