Plate, Chessie Reproduction China

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Chessie Plate Reproduction China


For the first time in decades, and after a year-long development process, the C&O Historical Society is proud to unveil the most accurate Chessie china reproduction ever created!

Used on the Chesapeake & Ohio's prestigious dining cars from 1955 to 1971 (and several more years under contract with Amtrak), the "Chessie" china pattern was the last china pattern used in C&O passenger service.  Years ago, the C&OHS created and sold both reproductions of and "fantasy" additions to this pattern's original pieces.  Now manufactured in partnership with the Homer Laughlin China Company in Newell, West Virginia, the last major dinnerware producer operating in the United States, our non-profit organization again brings this staple of C&O passenger service back to life with even greater historical accuracy. 

Using over 150 years of American craftsmanship experience, the HLC's Art Department digitally analyzed the Chessie cat art and coloring of original C&O china pieces from the collection of a long-time C&O Historical Society member in order to ensure authenticity.  The reproduction plate, fired using a vintage mold in HLC's collection, best matches the shape and size of the C&O's original.  In addition, the blue and mustard striping, originally meant to match the enchantment blue and federal yellow on the railroad's tri-color passenger cars of the era, have been painstakingly matched to the original.

This product combines the American-made quality you can expect from Homer Laughlin China Co. with modern benefits; all china products from HLC are microwave, dishwater, and oven safe.  This versatility means you can use your Chessie china pieces for either formal display or everyday purposes!  A collaboration that brings together history and functionality, the C&O Historical Society is proud of this historic partnership with Homer Laughlin China Co.

Makers of the famous Fiestaware line of dishware, the Homer Laughlin China Co. is now branded publicly as the Fiesta Tableware Company.  Therefore, the bottom of each piece is stamped "FTC."  In addition, each piece is marked "C&OHS Reproduction 2022" to distinguish this custom run for the Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society.

Diameter 9 5/8"

Height 1"
Diameter 9.625"
Weight 26 oz.

The original manufacturer of the C&O Railway's "Chessie" pattern, Syracuse China of Lyncourt, New York, closed in 2009 after 138 years of production.

This dinnerware is microwave, dishwasher, oven and freezer safe.   It is made to be able to withstand food service operations, so is very durable.

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