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Catalog Number 2014.029.008
Description Bing Crosby Amaretto Decanter, 1980. Polychrome painted ceramic decanter. The decanter shows a green leafy cypress tree at the back and a three dimensional figure of Bing Crosby at the center. The top of the ceramic tree can be removed to reveal a cork stopper. The figure of Crosby is positioned holding a golf club over his left shoulder. He is wearing a long sleeve blue-gray shirt and a blue-gray hat with a wide brim. He has a pipe in his mouth. There is a banner encircling the figure on the front side of the decanter which reads "39th BING'S NATIONAL PRO-AM 39th" in gold paint. The banner is white with gold lettering and trim. The base of the decanter is round with curved linear decoration,blue and green paint, and painted gold trim. In a gold trimmed oval at the front of the base text reads "An / American Tradition" in gold paint. Text around the base in white text on a green background reads "CYPRESS POINT - PEBBLE BEACH - SPYGLASS HILL." Molded into the bottom of the decanter is a six pointed leaf shaped logo with "asi" in the center. Also molded next to that is "(c) 1980". There is a black ink stamp with a rectangular border that reads "AN ARISTO-CRAFT CREATION / of / Aesthetic Specialties Inc. / None GENUINE without my signature / Charles A Wittwore [cursive script] / Charles A Wittwore." Also on the bottom is a gold adhesive label that reads "CONTAINER / MADE IN TAIWAN."
Object Name Decanter, Bar
Collection 3D - Food Service Tools & Equipment
Title Bing Crosby Amaretto Decanter, 1980
Date 1980
Creator Aesthetic Specialties, Inc., San Mateo
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "39th BING'S NATIONAL PRO-AM 39th" (in gold paint on banner encircling decanter front); "An / American Tradition" (in gold paint on the front of the base). "CYPRESS POINT - PEBBLE BEACH - SPYGLASS HILL" (in white text around base). "asi" (molded into center of label on the bottom of decanter). "(c) 1980" (molded onto bottom). There is a black ink stamp with a rectangular border that reads "AN ARISTO-CRAFT CREATION / of / Aesthetic Specialties Inc. / None GENUINE without my signature / Charles A Wittwore [cursive script] / Charles A Wittwore" (in black ink on on bottom of the decanter); "CONTAINER / MADE IN TAIWAN" (printed on a gold adhesive label on the bottom).
"ASI / AMARETTO / LIQUER / ARTIFICIALLY COLORED" (in black ink on detached gold label in the middle); "Fourty-two / Proof / Product / USA" (in black ink on left side of the ribbon); Right side of ribbon has "Alc. 21% / Vol. / 750 Ml / (25.4 fl. oz.)" (right side of the ribbon); "Bottled by ASI, / San Jose, CA. Portland, OR. " (bottom center of the label).
Provenance Decantors were given to participants in the 39th Bing's National Pro-Am.
Notes "The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament is the outgrowth of an idea Bing Crosby had in the mid-1930s after joining Lakeside Golf Club in Los Angeles. Crosby came up with the idea of staging a pro-am competition to give Lakeside members and some other low handicap amateur golfers a chance to play with 50 or 60 professionals who were on the West Coast during the winter months." The first tournament was held in 1937.
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The tradition of giving decantors to participants began in 1970. The first decantors contained 86 proof Jim Bean bourbon.
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The company which made the decantor, Aesthetic Specialties, Inc. is based in San Mateo.
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Dimensions H-9.75 W-6.5 D-4.5 inches
Search Terms Aesthethic Specialties, Inc.
Crosby, Bing
Golf Courses
San Mateo
San Mateo Businesses
Subjects Alcoholic beverages
Drinking vessels
Pebble Beach
San Mateo
People Crosby, Bing