Handsome pair of commemorative ash trays made by Wedgwood in 1957 for Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA featuring a detailed transferware image done in shades of a mulberry color against creamy white Wedgwood china. Wide edge has ribbing between three curved indentions for holding smokes with an embossed edge. Both are in excellent condition and look unused.
Ashtrays are identical and measure 4-3/4 inches diameter. Curved bottom makes ashtray stand approximately 1-1/2 inches high.
Markings on bottom of each read, “Parrish Hall, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania” with two circular marks. One reads “Wedgwood of Etruria and Barlaston, Made in England”. The other reads, “James, McDuffee and Stratton, Boston, Sole Importers” with their unique logo. This company closed in 1960.
Internet research findings: “The firm became 'Jones, McDuffee and Stratton' in 1871 and was known by that name until it ceased to exist after it celebrated its 150th anniversary in 1960.The first item made by Wedgwood exclusively for Jones, McDuffee and Stratton was a calendar tile in 1881. It was the beginning of a long and prolific association. Wedgwood went on to produce hundreds, if not thousands of designs and pieces for the Boston company. They specialized in producing historical American china - scenes, events, personalities, buildings, monuments, educational institutions, civic and national landmarks, and ships for which they are well known. The company is also well known to collectors for the 'calendar tiles', which were made annually from 1881 to 1929 (as advertising give-aways for JMS). They were the largest wholesaler and retailer of china and glassware in the United States by 1910. The firm, by 1975, had changed its status, and role in American business. Jones, McDuffee and Stratton had become a subsidiary of Food Service Equipment & Design Corporation, of Boston. The firm has changed from its commemorative role; no more historical plates were produced after the 1950s. In its heyday the company was known by its logo "sole importers" which was included on the backstamp.
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