Manufacturer: Syracuse China
User: Drake Hotel
Notes: Located on East Oak Street, East Walton Place and North Michigan along the Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Ill., the 13-floor Drake was built in the Italian Renaissance style in 1919. It received a $45-million five-year renovation 1998 – 2003.
The Drake consistently has been rated one of the best hotels in the United States, appearing on several Top 10 lists. The brothers John and Tracy Drake, who developed this hotel, had earlier developed The Blackstone. In contrast to the old hotel's name, they named their development firm the "Whitestone Hotel Company." At one point it was a Kirkeby Hotel.
Two Syracuse China plate designs are shown below with different body types, rim treatments and color variations, though both plates have the center Drake Hotel crest, featuring the heraldic dragon within a shield, a battle axe in hand above the shield and the banner Aquila Non Captat Muscas (The Eagle Catches No Flies) beneath it.
The Dictionary of Heraldic Beasts describes the heraldic dragon as having "a huge body of reptilian nature covered with a mail of plate and scales and a row of extending [spines] from head to tail, ending in a great and deadly stinger. From gaping jaws with formidable fangs he belches flames. He has round luminous eyes, a dangerous spike on his nose, a forked tongue, eagle's feet and bat's wings. The dragon in heraldry is symbolic of power, wisdom and astuteness."
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