This swashbuckling big plate is from the Illinois Central Railroad. The pattern name is "Pirate." It is exciting, creamy white rimmed by pirates on a tropical island watching tall ships battle on the open sea. There (correctly) are no railroad markings. This seafaring scene was made by Syracuse China, ONLY for the ICRR, and ONLY in these large dinner plates, which were used on dining cars on the name trains "City of New Orleans" and "Panama Limited."
SIZE is a full 10 inches across.
CONDITION is lovely, a beautiful display with only minimal, very light scratching from use in the center. The colors are brilliant and strong. This particular plate is correctly date stamped 97-L (December 1968).
COLLECTOR NOTE: Pirate dinner plates were accompanied on dining car tables by companion pieces that were made in the completely different "Coral" pattern, a salmon color with stenciled floral decoration.