Anchor Hocking No. Y518 Desert Flower Ashtray

Nov 6, 2023 | Museum Monday Treasures

Today’s Museum Monday treasure from the Museum of American Glass in WV is an Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation No. Y518 Desert Flower ashtray in a color called spicy brown. It is 6” in diameter. We also have examples of this ashtray in crystal and honey gold (light amber). They were made circa 1979-1980.

The use of a figured floral motif for these ashtrays was a little unusual for Anchor Hocking, but puts them in the same design category as some of the figural beverage sets that were being made around this same time period, especially ones like the Rain Flower and Sherwood patterns. Both are heavily textured patterns, the latter featuring leaves, both with pebbly backgrounds similar to that found on the Desert Flower ashtrays. The ashtrays appear in the catalogs in these three colors only, but it wouldn’t surprise me to find that they were also made in spearmint, another hue that was very popular during these years. Has anyone seen one in spearmint – or any other colors?

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