Manufacturer: Syracuse China
Pattern name: Bucking Bronco
Date of plate: 1912
Notes: This design is shown in plate #15 on page 11 of "Syracuse China" by Cleota Reed and Stan Skoczen. However, high-resolution photos of both plates have been examined by an expert in Syracuse China processes, who believes rather than an "underglaze decalcomania," as stated, they were hand-painted – sometimes referred to at Syracuse as "hand-paints" or "hand-fills."
If not designed by Harry Aitken, the plates do show his influence. Hand-fills were used by Syracuse extensively in the 1880s and 1890s, but as stone lithography increased, the need or desire for hand-filled decorations declined and didn't make a big comeback until the 1920s when Aitken introduced series like Peasantry, Nature Studies and Deep Sea Gardens. (The IDwiki has many examples of birds and flowers from the Nature Studies series.)
It is believed that these plates were prototypes or development pieces, based on the variation in their hand-painted design, no known decoration number and that the two plates, while both thin, are of different weights and thickness. They are considered to be the same design; see the hand-printed "Bucking Bronco" on the second plate, below.
Cowboy with raised arm holding a whip or crop is astride a raring or bucking horse on a plate with white background. The borders show desert or Southwestern landscapes with horses, cowboys with lariats and old buildings.
Photos contributed by Susan Phillips
ID contributed by O.P.Co.