User: Del Monte Lodge
Date of plate: 1967
Notes: The Monterey Peninsula (California) juts into the sea between two famous bays: Monterey on the north and Carmel on the south. Since 1919, Del Monte Properties has guarded this land along with the Del Monte Forrest, 17 Mile Drive, and six 18-hole golf courses, including the most famous course in the country – Pebble Beach.
"Del Monte Lodge was built in 1919 and was first planned only as a modest haven for golfers playing the Pebble Beach Course." It was a large 50-room, log lodge, with a huge stone fireplace. "The main resort, Del Monte Hotel, was miles away on the crest of a hill overlooking the town of Monterey. During WWII the Navy leased the hotel as a preflight school, and after the war used it as a Navy postgraduate school for officers. The Del Monte managers we left with their land but no resort. So they turned to the modest lodge overlooking Pebble Beach and began to develop and extend it."
"Del Monte Lodge today  is one of the great resorts of the world and one of the most famous, familiar to millions who have caught glimpses of its setting through televised golf tournaments held at Pebble Beach." In 1965, there were 110 guest rooms and suites.
In 1986, the name was changed to Lodge at Pebble Beach. In 1997, there were 150 rooms and suites.
High alumina body with a wide coin gold band on rim, an elaborate crest with crown and stars, with Del Monte Lodge in a banner below.
"In 1964 the new "SYRALITE" china was introduced in the American shape. Utilizing "alumina," a white bauxite mineral, the new china was whiter, thinner, and lighter than conventional commercial china, but equally durable." Restaurant China, Vol. 2, Barbara Conroy
For more info:
Hotel Del Monte, by Syracuse China
Larry Paul's 20th Century Hotel Research Database
Great Resorts of North America, 1965, Andrew Hepburn
ID and photos contributed by dbstoneware
Matchbook photo contributed by Ed Babcock