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Object NameAshtray
Manufactured ByButtner Pipe Company, Ltd.
DescriptionArt-Deco style black and ivory-color plastic ashtray made of two cast pieces of molded phenolic plastic bonded together. The design consists of a round tray that intersects with a rectangular block, into which are set to deep grooves into which lit cigarettes can be set. Inscribed into the raised edge of the black (top) tray: "M/Y. Stella Polaris" and at the bottom of the tray is engraved a five pointed star, the symbol of the shipping line. The Buttner Pipe Company was located in Glasgow, Scotland. In addition to Bakelite ashtrays, they also made a selection of Bakelite pipes provided with a removable porcelain insert. Buttner brand pipes were distributed with separate patents in Great Britain, Germany and France. This ashtray is from the Norwegian cruise ship M/Y Stella Polaris, built in 1927 at Götaverken, Göteborg (Gothenburg) for the Bergen Line. This type is usually called a “Queen Mary” ashtray, since the British manufacturer Buttner Pipe Company Ltd. made many different color combination varieties this ashtray for the famed luxury liner Queen Mary in 1934. Some ashtrays had grooves fitted for cigarettes, and some for cigars. The Stella Polaris was popular with Americans for trips along the fjords in Norway, but was also known for its round-the-world cruises. In 1940 it was seized by the Germans for military use. After the war the ship was owned by the Clipper Line from 1952 to 1969 and then was sold to Japan to serve as a floating hotel. The M/S Stella Polaris (Floating Hotel Scandinavia) sank September 2, 2006, when towed to a shipbuilding yard in Shanghai, China. Promotional ashtrays were common on ships and in other establishments, and were frequent souvenirs of travelers and have continued to be collectors’ items. For a detailed history of the ship see:
Date Manufactured1927-1940
MaterialPhenol Formaldehyde (PF)
Manufacturing ProcessCompression molded
Number of Objects1
Accession Number2009_079.037
DonorGift of Lawrence J. Broutman
Broad SubjectTobacco Related
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