Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Coverdale and Colpitts

From: "Anthony Holloway"

Greetings. I am in England and have looked through your website with much interest. What a wonderful educational facility!

Unfortunately, there seems to be very little knowledge of American trains this side of the Atlantic.

I was particularly intrigued by vintage trains of the Coverdale and Colpitts collection as I have one in my own collection, but have no information on it at all. If you could spare the time to assist with any information, please, I would be very grateful. For example, do you know if they were reprints of earlier designs or specially drawn for the company? It would be interesting to know too when and why they were printed – if you should happen to know.

—Anthony Holloway


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...


These are mid-twentieth century reprints by the engineering and design firm, Coverdale and Colpitts. The original, nineteenth century originals, are very rare, but the reprints can still be found on places like eBay.

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5/06/2010 7:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "Ellen Galo"
Subject: Question about American Export Lines/Coverdale and Colpitts

... Though my question doesn't relate to trains, I am looking to find any information I can, or who to contact who might be familiar with Coverdale and Colpitts or American Export Lines.

My grandfather, John Elliot Slater, was on the business end of C&C (he had bachelors and master's degrees from Harvard Business School). He was asked to Lehmann Brothers to take charge of American Export Lines when the Interstate Commerce Commission discovered bad business and shady dealings ... It became very successful when properly managed. They built ocean liners (the Constitution and the Independence), which cruised the Mediterranean and also made some trips to India.

I have eight hand-painted Italian plates with ships with generic titles such as 'Nave Mercantile Danese' and 'Nave da guerra Francese'. I have found similar images with the same titles in a volume listed on the website of Peter Harrington, a rare book dealer in London, UK. One of their employees says the images are definitely 18th century. ... of the set of 8 ... two with the smooth, gold rim have a maker's mark on the back of Richard Ginori, however, each plate has that marked covered up with a gold stamp (only one showed enough of the letters to identify the name). That would identify the set of two. The other set of 6 also has the gold stamp but also another mark (an outline of a shield divided horizontally into thirds) that I have not been able to identify. I can send a copy of that if anyone wishes.

I believe the plates may have been a retirement gift from AEL when he retired. Any suggestions as to whom I might contact would be very much appreciated. Thank you for your help!

—Ellen Galo, Potsdam, NY

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