Manufacturer: Iroquois China
User: Shamrock Hotel
Date of ashtray: 1940s – early 1960s
Notes: The hotel was built between 1946 and 1949 by independent oilman Glenn H. McCarthy in Houston, Texas. It was dedicated on St. Patrick's Day in 1949. McCarthy lost the property in 1954 when it was taken over by the Equitable Life Assurance Company and the Shamrock then was acquired by Hilton Hotels. The hotel was operated as the Shamrock Hilton Hotel for over three decades, but it endured financial struggles throughout its history. In 1985, Hilton Hotels donated the building to the Texas Medical Center and the structure was demolished on June 1, 1987.
The hotel was the model for Edna Ferber's Conquistador in her novel "Giant" and was even featured in the 1956 film.
White body ashtray with three green stylized "S" letters around the edge and a center design featuring an illustration of the Shamrock Hotel exterior. The white china with the green "S'" was used in the Pine Grill Room of the Shamrock Hotel.
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