Fred Harvey El Tovar Pattern Bowl – Syracuse China


In his book “The Official Guide to Railroad Dining Car China,” Doug McIntyre shows this pattern of blue swirled acanthus leaves as having been used at El Tovar, the hotel overlooking the Grand Canyon and a former Harvey House.

According to the Wikipedia, El Tovar was “operated by the Fred Harvey Company in conjunction with the Santa Fe Railway” and sits “at the northern terminus of the Grand Canyon Railway, which was formerly a branch of the Santa Fe.” It is still open today (2013).

Also from the Wikipedia, “It has been suggested that the Harvey Houses originated the ‘blue-plate special,’ a daily low-priced complete meal served on a blue-patterned china plate; an 1892 Harvey menu mentions them, some thirty years before the term became widespread.”

An early Syracuse China catalog confirms use of this pattern by Fred Harvey by having named it Harvey 4300.

The fruit bowl if 5 5/8” across and 1 1/8” high. The design is clear and bright, but the bowl does show heavy use marks and has several small chips on the unglazed foot. Made in 1947, it displays beautifully and is an excellent example of a seldom-seen pattern.  

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