The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad started operations in 1863 and stopped service in 1895 for a total period of operations of 32 years.
If you find a desirable holloware item that is in less-than-excellent condition, it's a good idea to know something of silverware restoration before investing in it.
First, items that contain very noticeable dents cannot be easily filled in or pounded out due to the thick walls of the piece.
Holloware is a term that refers to sugar bowls, creamers, coffee pots, teapots, tureens, hot food covers, water pitchers, platters, butter pats and other metal items (with the exception of flatware) that complemented the china on a dining car table.
Flatware refers to the knives, forks, spoons and sugar tongs on the table.
Holloware was usually silver-plated nickel or brass and, occasionally, sterling for business cars.
The principal manufacturers were Reed & Barton, International, Gorham, R. Holloware items were always marked for the railroads that bought them.
Many collectors are looking for antique railroadiana that dates before 1900 so there is a strong market for anyone looking to sell.
Railroads that ran service to as many states as Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad are fairly rare because it requires a large railroad to cover ground in 7 different states.
Second, if a piece has been resilvered and has a weak logo or side mark, it isn't because the logo was filled in with too much silver.