Vintage Van Briggle Card Table Ashtrays 'Anna Van Briggle' Four Suits, Spades, Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs
Although smoking is not in vogue any more, ashtray collecting is, and this is an unusual and I believe a hard to find set, particularly in a glossy blue glaze. This set is in great shape, like new, no issues. The set is marked 'Anna Van Briggle' indicating it was produced between 1954 and 1968. More history about the marking and the shiny glaze below.
The size of the trays average approximately 3-3/4" X 3".
As always, great Van Briggle quality.
Just some history about the mark 'Anna Van Briggle':
In 1954, the owner Jesse Lewis, of Van Briggle Art Pottery in Colorado Springs, bought out a pottery in Ellsworth, Kansas, called Dryden Pottery. James Dryden, the owner, had developed high gloss glazes that were decorated with what was called a "volcanic" drip edge. The pottery was not doing well due to the location and lack of tourist trade. James Dryden wanted to relocate to Hot Springs, Arkansas, where Dryden Pottery is still located.
Jesse Lewis maintained the materials and molds at the Dryden plant until 1956. For two years the Dryden plant continued to produce their glossy glazed items as a wholely owned subsidiary of Van Briggle Art Pottery in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The pieces that came from Dryden were labeled 'Anna Van Briggle Colorado Spgs'. At the same time pieces were being produced in Kansas, 'Anna' pieces were also being made at the Colorado Springs plant in Colorado. In 1956 all of the equipment, molds, clay, and glazes in Ellsworth, Kansas, were moved to the Van Briggle plant in Colorado Springs. After some compatibility problems with the Colorado clay and Dryden glazes that was finally worked out, the 'Anna' marked items were discontinued in 1968.
For an in depth article about the 'Anna' mark just do a Google search on: Anna Van Briggle - Clem Hull
Founded by Artus and Anne Van Briggle, the Van Briggle Art Pottery was in business from 1900 until 2012.
Thanks for looking, and don't let this one get away!