Stork Club Ashtray$195.00
They have vanished into history. Once icons of hospitality and glamour, ashtrays are part of Americana from the golden age of glamorous smoking, now endangered objects, out of use along with cigarettes, but desirable for their connection to the culture of New York City in the twentieth century. Use them on dressing tables for jewelry, or serve nuts and hors d'oeuvres in them at parties. The time-honored curios become heightened moments of aesthetic focus in the home.
In the old days, chauffeur-driven Rolls Royces, Bentleys and Cadillacs pulled up at the awning of the Stork Club at 3 East 53rd Street, and the doorman opened car doors for the great and not-yet-famous.
Return to the glory days of New York when Sherman Billingsley’s Stork Club was New York City’s most enchanting nightclub, where, it is said, signature ashtrays disappeared -- five dozen or more a day -- into pockets or purses. Even movie stars stole them. Marlene Dietrich kept one on her dresser to hold her earrings. This ceramic classic is 5-inches in diameter, with glistening black finish and bold white lettering. Pass the Chesterfields.
Stork Club Ashtray
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