Item/Description: Vintage ca 1950s-1960s “Aloha from Hawaii” souvenir ashtray by Novco Imports Souvenirs Honolulu - Made in Japan.
The decorative touches that adorn this delightful ashtray consist of a combination of gilt accents along the outer and top edges of the rim as well as gold filling inside the cigarette rest areas; white raised relief scroll-like designs all around the top side of the rim; and vibrantly colorful transferware scenes depicting various Hawaiian landmarks and motifs with identifying captions as follows:
1) A beach at sunrise/sunset studded with Palm trees and bearing the caption, as if it were written in the sand, “Aloha from Hawaii"
2) A waterfall and a rainbow with the wording “Rainbow Falls, Hawaii”
3) A pair of Hula dancers/girls and the wording “Hula Maids”
4) The wording “Iao Needle, Maui” depicting a natural rock pinnacle presiding over the Iao stream
5) The wording “Waimea Canyon, Kauai” and the images of a pair of tourists - a husband and wife dressed in traditional Hawaiian attire, including a lei - standing on a wooden overlook tower
6) Another beach scene, this one seaside with sailboats in the water and kayaks/canoes/rowboats on the beaches, with a mountain backdrop and the wording “Waikiki Beach, Oahu”
With its gorgeous colorful graphic imagery, elegant gold accents, raised relief scrollwork designs and sweetly scalloped edges, this darling little travel souvenir ashtray displays as beautifully as if it were a collector plate! The fact that it is also a utilitarian object (it has three (3) cigarette/cigar rests) is just an added bonus!!!
Highly cross-collectible, this fabulous ashtray will appeal as much to Hawaiiana enthusiasts as it will to collectors of tobacciana.
Age/Period: Vintage - ca. 1950s-1960s
*Though we are not 100% certain, it’s POSSIBLE that this item may pre-date Hawaii’s 1959 Statehood, because similar items we have researched that are of later manufacture more typically use the wording "The Aloha STATE" vs. the wording of this item which reads "Aloha from Hawaii.”
Manufacturer/Identification/Markings/Country of Origin: Original navy blue & gold foil label on underside of ash tray reads: “Novco Imports Souvenirs Honolulu Made in Japan.”
Material(s)/Format: Glazed porcelain china
Size/Measurements: 6" in Diameter
Quantity: One (1)
Condition Summary: Excellent vintage collectible condition, retaining vivid coloration to the completely intact transferware imagery, and evincing only a normal and not unusual modicum of gentle age appropriate wear. While each of the three (3) cigarette/cigar rests do retain all of their original gilding, there is a modest bit of gold loss along the outermost edges of the ashtray’s rim. In a couple of places on the transferware portion of the ashtray are the teensiest (almost microscopically small) black marks that may or may not be “from the factory” and “beneath the glaze”. They are only minimally noticeable to the naked eye, and more apparent in the photos.
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