Illinois Central Railroad "CORAL" China Sauce Dish or Monkey Bowl

This pretty "Coral" pattern sauce dish is 5-1/2 inches across. These are also called berry dishes or monkey bowls. This one is beautifully bright and shiny in attractive salmon pink with flat rims and "cut out stencil" floral designs that let the creamy white base ware show through the attractive coral pink glaze.

This dish is in lovely, near-mint, essentially unused condition. You might be able to find a very few, very light surface marks by tilting the dish in bright light, but nothing more.

The "Coral" pattern was first purchased by the Illinois Central Railroad in 1935 for use on its name train "City of Miami." This long-lived pattern evolved into the ICRR's standard pattern, used on trains until Amtrak took over. However, "Coral" is probably best known for its use on the ICRR's famous "City of New Orleans" and "Panama Limited" name trains accompanying the colorful "Pirate" pattern dinner plates.

"Coral" was a "controlled" pattern -- designed specifically for the ICRR by the E.A. Hinrichs & Co. offices, the arrangement with the Syracuse China Company was that Coral could not be sold to any customers except the RR. It was never railroad marked, carrying only Syracuse China markings -- which guarantee a piece is an authentic railroad artifact.

Item ID: 2009-0090

$45 USD

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