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*Here's a very large glazed pottery ashtray in very good condition. I don't know much about it. The words on the inside are: LAGES FIELD, TERCEIRA AZORES. The words on the back are: C. 57, (signed by) C. LEITE, S. MIGUEL.

*It measures about 8 1/4" across the top and is 2" deep. Possibly a cigar ashtray since the 5 holding places are larger than average. There is only one minor chip (picture #4) but can't be seen unless turned over. Glaze is missing on one part of the rim that's about 2" long. This was done while being made.

**I've just received additional information from a very nice lady that knows more about this than I do so I'm including that information below (thank you Teresa):

'Lages is the American airbase in the Azores islands, from where the US keeps an eye on Europe and where it refuels its combat planes at times of intervention in the Middle East. This ashtray was made by a local artisan for the use of US personnel at the air base. The large size of the cigarette placements must be to allow for cigars -- rightly or wrongly, American men in positions of power are believed in Europe to smoke uncommonly large cigars.

I'm almost sure it was made by Vieira Pottery in S. Miguel Island, Azores, which gives it a very special pedigree. The workshop, the first in Azores to make glazed pottery, was founded in 1862, and the methods used, influenced by Vila Nova de Gaia (northen Portugal) pottery, are still used today. Each piece is hand painted and hand fired and features that distinctive cobalt blue color. One of its most charming features is that the decoration is entirely left to the discretion of each artisan, hence the importance of the signature.
The only thing I'm not sure about is if the '57' is a reference number or a date.
This type of pottery is called 'Lagoa pottery', and it's emblematic of that region:

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Lages Field Terceira Azores Pottery Ashtray / C. Leite / S. Miguel / Huge / FREE Us Shipping


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: pottery, glaze
  • Only ships to United States from Tennessee, United States.
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