Here's an unusual piece of Pennsbury Pottery. It's a shovel-shaped ashtray made for US Steel's Fairless Works, which opened in 1952. It's possible that it was made to commemorate the opening, as Pennsbury started production in 1950. Pennsbury did quite a bit of work for US Steel.
This piece shows molten steel being poured in the center. Across the top are the words, "Fairless Works." This piece is quite unusual for Pennsbury, as the englobe is charcoal gray, rather than their regular maple syrup color. It is highlighted with a caramel color for the steel. Interestingly, this ashtray isn't pictured in Lucile Henzke's book; perhaps because they were a special-order item?
The whole ashtray is in the shape of a shovel head. When a cigar is rested in the rest, it extends out like the handle of the shovel.
The tray is 6.875" long, 5.25: wide and stands about 1.25" tall.
Marked on the back, "Pennsbury Pottery."
Condition is near mint: there are one or two scratches to the back, but no wear or damage to the front of the piece.
Item ID: 1523